Child Abuse Identification and Reporting for New York Professionals


About the Course


The target audience for this education program are healthcare professionals in New York who wish to improve their ability to recognize child abuse and intervene effectively through a reporting process to safeguard the welfare of children. 

Purpose Statement

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2016) website describes abuse as the most serious harms committed against a child. It defines an abused child as a child "whose parent or other person legally responsible for his/her care inflicts upon the child serious physical injury, creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury, or commits an act of sex abuse against the child. The purpose of this education program is help nurses recognize signs and symptoms that indicate child abuse or maltreatment and to assist them in effectively fulfilling their roles as mandated reporters in New York State.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the incidence and prevalence of child abuse in New York State and the United States.
  2. Define terms related to child abuse and maltreatment.
  3. Recognize the signs and symptoms of the various types of child abuse.
  4. Identify risk factors for child abuse.
  5. Explain strategies to prevent child abuse.
  6. Describe the child abuse intervention and reporting process in accordance with the laws of New York State.

About the Author

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd., RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her M.S. in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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