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Course Description

Preventing child abuse is everyone's responsibility. This includes law enforcement personnel, educational personnel, medical personnel as well as family, friends, and neighbors. Child Abuse education is important so that students may recognize various aspects of child abuse, including neglect, sexual and physical abuse, and other forms of maltreatment.

This course helps students understand the typical profiles of child abusers as well as the definitions of various forms and aspects of neglect and abuse. Repercussions for failure to report suspected neglect or child abuse of any form may be punishable by civil or criminal liabilities. Who is required to report child abuse as well as the guidelines and protocols for reporting are addressed in these lessons.

Child Abuse and PreventionLaw-enforcement personnel are required to initiate investigations following jurisdictional procedure and protocol. Prosecutors are required to ensure that evidence is admissible in a court of law and that child abuse investigations are completed in a timely manner and as thoroughly as possible. Methods of interviewing children as well adults or suspects are included in this course.

Education and child abuse law enforcement procedures, investigative techniques, filing report guidelines and how surveillance is used to find and charge a suspect are all parts of a child abuse investigation that require teamwork. Learn how to recognize forms of abuse and understand child abuse cases, from crime scene investigation and preserving evidence to charging sexual or physical abuse reports and interrogating a suspect. Preventing child abuse is everyone's responsibility – learn how to spot it and how to stop it.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Child Abuse Investigation

    It is up to the adults to protect the innocents and recognize the dangers that harm them as well is report such conditions to the proper authorities.
  • Lesson 2: Profiling Child Abusers

    Child abusers come in all shapes and sizes and can be either male or female, young or old. They also come from a wide variety of social status environments and structures.
  • Lesson 3: Defining Child Abuse and Neglect

    Today there are different categories of abuse, and each initiates its own type of investigation.
  • Lesson 4: Recognizing the Basic Signs of Child Abuse

    While there are various and basic indicators of abuse that should be recognized, these alone do not constitute abuse.
  • Lesson 5: Assessing Signs of Abuse

    Professionals and nonprofessionals should be able to spot the signs of abuse in order to assess the situation in conjunction with other bits and pieces of evidence, including witness statements and victim statements.
  • Lesson 6: Understanding Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

    This is a condition that finds an adult planning, perpetrating, and lying about illness or injuries suffered by a child for the sake of gaining attention.
  • Lesson 7: Who Is Required to Report Child Abuse?

    Child abuse reports can originate from a wide variety of people, from the children who are experiencing it to the family members who suspect child abuse and even those who have witnessed events that suggest a strong suspicion of any type or form of child
  • Lesson 8: Repercussions: Failure to Report and Protecting Reporters

    Various procedures have been designed to help those in the professional fields, as well as citizens, to offer guidance in making a child abuse report.
  • Lesson 9: Child Abuse Law Enforcement Procedures

    Guidelines help law enforcement personnel make sure that laws, regulations, and statutes are met in order to protect not only suspected child abusers, but their victims and other family members throughout the investigation process.
  • Lesson 10: The Investigative Process

    The most important aspect of a primary investigative or forensic interview is to be able to obtain and preserve the information that the victim alone is able to provide.
  • Lesson 11: Interviewing Children

    The interview process for children contains several different factors that need to be followed, or at least to offer guidelines for a successful interview.
  • Lesson 12: Alternative Investigation Techniques

    Basic techniques and protocol involved in any child abuse investigation case include the taking of photographs, gathering witness statements, and interviewing victims, family members, and suspects.
  • Lesson 13: Confronting a Suspect

    The most powerful piece of evidence in any successful conclusion of a child abuse case is the admittance of guilt by a suspect.
  • Lesson14: Child Abuse Crime Scene Investigation

    When searching for evidence at the scene of a crime where a homicide or child abuse has occurred, law enforcement officials must adhere to applicable laws of search and seizure.
  • Lesson 15: Child Death Investigations

    It often is difficult to get to the bottom of the truth in such situations. Investigators use protocol in each situation.
  • Lesson 16: Teachers and Child Abuse

    School districts around the United States have tried to develop protocol and guidelines in order to educate teachers, teachers' aides, and other school personnel about the signs and symptoms of child abuse.
  • Lesson 17: Interviewing Parents

    Detectives, police officers, and child protective services personnel need to try to put emotion aside and gain the most information from parents as possible in these situations in order to initiate a productive investigative process.
  • Lesson 18: Charging a Sexual Abuse Case

    The standards for prosecuting a sexual child abuse case differ by state, but in most cases follow a fairly general protocol.
  • Lesson 19: Charging Physical Abuse or Homicide

    Various considerations will determine how a crime is charged, including whether it was deliberate, accidental, depraved, or willful.
  • Lesson 20: Protecting the Children

    Knowing the warning signs is the first step toward protecting children, regardless of circumstance.
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Course Title: Child Abuse Recognition, Investigation, and Protection
Course Number: 7550243
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Michelle Money
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $40.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $65.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe how to profile child abusers.
  • Define child abuse and neglect.
  • Recognize the basic signs of child abuse.
  • Assess signs of abuse.
  • Describe Munchausen's by Proxy.
  • Describe reporting procedures and responsibilities for child abuse.
  • Summarize Child Abuse Law Enforcement Procedures.
  • Describe the investigative process for child abuse.
  • Describe how to interview children regarding abuse.
  • Describe ways and responses when confronting a suspect.
  • Describe methods of interviewing parents.
  • Describe ways to protect children from child abuse, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Importance of Child Abuse InvestigationAssignment25
Lesson 1 ExamExam6
Profiling Female, Male, and Adolescent Child AbusersAssignment30
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Types of Child AbusesAssignment30
Lesson 3 ExamExam7
common Indicators of Physical and Sexual AbuseAssignment35
Lesson 4 ExamExam9
Common Signs of Child AbusesAssignment30
Lesson 5 ExamExam9
Munchausen by Proxy SyndromeAssignment25
Lesson 6 ExamExam10
Responsibility to Report Child AbuseAssignment25
Lesson 7 ExamExam7
Legal Liability of Child Abuse ReportersAssignment30
Lesson 8 ExamExam10
Basics of the Child Abuse InvestigationAssignment35
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing ChildrenAssignment25
Interviewing Abused ChildrenAssignment25
Lesson 10 ExamExam9
Interviewing and Investigating Child AbuseAssignment35
Lesson 11 ExamExam7
Techniques of Child Abuse InvestigationAssignment30
Lesson 12 ExamExam8
Interviewing and InterrogationAssignment35
Lesson 13 ExamExam8
Child Abuse Crime SceneAssignment30
Lesson 14 ExamExam9
Importance of Medical RecordsAssignment25
Lesson 15 ExamExam9
Responsibilities of Teacher in Child Abuse PreventionAssignment30
Lesson 16 ExamExam10
Guidelines for Interviewing ParentsAssignment25
Lesson 17 ExamExam8
Process for Charging a Child Abuse CaseAssignment25
Lesson 18 ExamExam8
Degrees of Child AbuseAssignment30
Lesson 19 ExamExam8
Protect their Children from OffendersAssignment25
Lesson 20 ExamExam9
The Final ExamExam83
Total Points:859

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  • "All content was extremely helpful. Very enjoyable course; thought provoking; and made me very emotional!" -- Mohammad H.
  • "The whole course was helpful, I now realize there is an amazing need for people in the child abuse field." -- Sheila H.
  • "I found all of this course was well done. Thank you for your help." -- Carlos R.
  • "The instructor responds quickly, very accommodating and encouraging. Inspires me to do more and better." -- Marimel N.
  • "Excellent!" -- Lynn K.
  • "This course covered all the essentials and gave you the ground work and resources to continue study in this area. Great experience, great instructor." -- Robert S.
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