Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse - Updated 2018

6 modules


Course Length
45 mins

Brittany McGowan

20 Sep 2018



This curriculum is designed for organizations seeking training for professionals working with children on a regular basis. Utilizing a video-based format, the Recognizing and Reporting curriculum educates child-serving professionals or volunteers on the basic issues of child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report.

This course includes: 

  • Pre-test
  • Module: Recognizing Child Abuse 
  • Module: Reporting Child Abuse 
  • Post-Test 
  • Training Certificate


This course is divided into two sections and covers the following objectives:

Recognizing Child Abuse 

  • The realities of child abuse detailing the prevalence of abuse in all communities, who perpetrators are, and how they gain access to children through a process called grooming.
  • The legal definitions of child abuse, assuring that those in the community can recognize abusive situations as determined by law.
  • Signs and symptoms of sexual, physical, emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence, as well as their effects on children.

Reporting Child Abuse 

  • How to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure.
  • The importance of making a report.
  • How to make a report and how to overcome one’s fears/barriers around reporting.
  • Policies within child-serving organizations that need to exist to minimize the potential for abuse.
  • What an advocacy center does and its unique role in the community.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

Learning Credits

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Be an Advocate
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Recognizing Child Abuse
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Reporting Child Abuse
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Post- Test
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I very much enjoyed that the course not only had a PDF document that outlined how to recognize and report child abuse in a clear and concise manner, but that videos were also implemented to highlight and visualize the topics covered in the written format. However, what I would like to see in the future is interactive videos. That is, videos that introduce situations of grooming, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other types of child abuse where the viewer is asked questions such as "Is this an example of abuse?", "What type of abuse is this?", "What signs and/or symptoms were shown?", "How should one properly react to this scenario?", and "Who should one report to?" I would also suggest that such videos should be stylized (like a cartoon), and not utilize real actors. If real actors were to be present, do not use child actors, but designate one adult as the "adult" and another adult as the "child."

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