Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the World Health Organization and is available as an open access article.
Child abuse has been recorded for a long time in literature, art and science in many parts of the world. Reports of infanticide, mutilation, abandonment and other forms of violence against children date back to ancient civilizations. The historical record is also filled with reports of unkempt, weak and malnourished children cast out by families to fend for themselves and of children who have been sexually abused. For a long time also there have existed charitable groups and others concerned with children’s wellbeing who have advocated the protection of children. Nevertheless, the issue did not receive widespread attention by the medical profession or the general public until 1962, with the publication of a seminal work, the battered child syndrome, by Kempe et al. The term “battered child syndrome” was coined to characterize the clinical manifestations of serious physical abuse in young children. Now, four decades later, there is clear evidence that child abuse is a global problem. It occurs in a variety of forms and is deeply rooted in cultural, economic and social practices. Solving this global problem, however, requires a much better understanding of its occurrence in a range of settings, as well as of its causes and consequences in these settings.
This course on child abuse is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of child abuse and neglect from parents and caregivers. The course material includes a literature review of the different kinds of child abuse and neglect and the consequences that these cause. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
Authors: Runyan, Wattam, Ikeda, Hassan, Ramiro
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the causes, types, and factors involved in child abuse. Specifically, a professional will:
- Describe the occurrence of child abuse in a range of setting.
- Identify the causes of child abuse and neglect given by parents or other caregivers in a variety of situations.
- Recognize the consequences in different settings of child abuse and neglect experienced by the child him/herself
Citation: Runyan, D., C. Wattam, R. Ikeda, F. Hassan, and L. Ramiro, (2002). Child abuse and neglect by parents and other caregivers. World Health Organization.