Module 2: Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect
(2 days – 12 hours)
Module 2 of Charting the Course, Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect, introduces the new child welfare professional to the Casework Practice: Navigational Guide and how Pennsylvania laws define child maltreatment and what constitutes child abuse and neglect. This workshop teaches child welfare professionals how to apply the legal definitions to recognize whether a child is a victim of maltreatment. Discussion of child abuse and neglect will also include the family dynamics of child maltreatment and the need to evaluate family dynamics during initial and ongoing risk, safety, and family assessments. Participants will learn to recognize the need for cultural sensitivity in assessing child abuse and neglect conditions. They will also develop a self-awareness of their own reactions to child maltreatment and how these reactions might impact their casework with families. This workshop is eligible for 12 Continuing Education credit hours (CE's).
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