Childhood Abuse & Neglect
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Childhood Abuse & Neglect
Course level: Undergraduate
This course focuses on the segment of family violence involving physical child abuse, child sexual abuse and exploitation, child neglect and psychological maltreatment of children. Students will examine the scope of these problems and the characteristics of both victims and perpetrators while conducting a search for patterns and dynamics of each distinction. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of reporting requirements, treatment interventions, repressed memory controversy, working within the criminal justice system and the tenets of the Children's Justice Act addressing investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of abuse and neglect cases. Areas of focus involve various forms of each category including indicators for the range of abuses on an international scale with child labor, slavery, and child prostitution issues. Students residing in Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, or Wisconsin are not eligible to enroll in this course.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Explain the extent and implications of child abuse and neglect.
- Evaluate how the history of child abuse and neglect has shaped current policy and legal responses
- to child abuse and neglect.
- Explain the family system and cultural considerations when investigating child abuse and neglect.
- Identify characteristics associated with the main types of child abuse and neglect.
- Describe the dynamics and characteristics of sexual abuse outside the family structure.
- Summarize issues relating to child pornography and child prostitution.
- Determine assessment methods for screening for child abuse and neglect.
- Evaluate characteristics of the abuser and of the abused.
- Identify risk and protective factors within the family system.
- Explain the importance of providing family-centered services.
- Describe the role of and issues relating to foster care and adoption.
- Summarize any treatment methods for different types of abuse and neglect.
- Identify the primary interventions a human service professional may use in preventing child abuse
- and neglect in a family setting.
- Describe methods a human service professional may use in the prevention of child abuse and
- neglect in the school setting.
- Analyze the need for societal changes in preventing future abuse and neglect.