This Mandatory Training Module discusses child protection from abuse and neglect, with a focus on the nature, presentation and identification of cases. The impact that abuse and neglect can have on a child or young person is also considered in depth. This is an interactive Module designed to help you gain information on this preventable health and social concern, and to correctly identify and respond to suspected instances you may encounter in your workplace.
Content warning: please be aware that this Module contains graphics and information relating to child abuse that some people may find distressing.
- Demonstrate an awareness of what constitutes child abuse and its impact on a child and young person.
- Understand the importance of maintaining a child focus when considering the possibility of abuse or neglect, and how the ‘rule of optimism’ affects our actions when deciding if we suspect abuse and / or neglect.
- Consider the concept of shared responsibility for the protection of children.
This module is intended for healthcare professionals commencing employment or renewing annual competencies in the healthcare sector, who may work with children. This includes general nurses, midwives, other health professionals and those who work with children such as teachers and childcare workers.
Validation of Learning
- Read any relevant standards and/or policies and procedures on this topic that are relevant to you in your workplace.
- Familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation and guidelines on these topics.
This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.
Claire Dowdall Visit
Claire is a registered nurse and health advisor who has been working in the area of Child and Family Health for thirty years, both as a Health Visitor in the UK and here in Australia. Claire is committed to working in partnership with parents to achieve the optimal outcomes for families and children in South Australia.