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CPD2h of CPD
Total Rating(s)64
First Published
Updated30 September 2019
Expires 30 September 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Mandatory Training Module discusses child protection from abuse and neglect, with a focus on the nature, presentation and identification of cases. The impact that abuse and neglect can have on a child or young person is also considered in depth. This is an interactive Module designed to help you gain information on this preventable health and social concern, and to correctly identify and respond to suspected instances you may encounter in your workplace.

Content warning: please be aware that this Module contains graphics and information relating to child abuse that some people may find distressing.

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an awareness of what constitutes child abuse and its impact on a child and young person.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a child focus when considering the possibility of abuse or neglect, and how the ‘rule of optimism’ affects our actions when deciding if we suspect abuse and / or neglect.
  • Consider the concept of shared responsibility for the protection of children.
Target Audience

This module is intended for healthcare professionals commencing employment or renewing annual competencies in the healthcare sector, who may work with children. This includes general nurses, midwives, other health professionals and those who work with children such as teachers and childcare workers.

Validation of Learning
  1. Read any relevant standards and/or policies and procedures on this topic that are relevant to you in your workplace.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation and guidelines on these topics.


This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.


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Claire Dowdall

Claire is a registered nurse and health advisor who has been working in the area of Child and Family Health for thirty years, both as a Health Visitor in the UK and here in Australia. Claire is committed to working in partnership with parents to achieve the optimal outcomes for families and children in South Australia. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

64 Total Rating(s)
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Wanda Brighenti
23 Jan 2020

I have had many lectures on childhood abuse, but this is by far the one, that I have learnt the most from.

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Angela Garley
19 Jan 2020

well presented and relevant

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Bronwyn Kym Maree Quinn
15 Jan 2020

Really informative

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Lucinda Mead
13 Jan 2020

good in-depth course giving a broad overview of child abuse, neglect, domestic violence and our responsibility as health care professionals and mandatory reporters.

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Susan Sinclair
13 Jan 2020

Well presented ,

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Karen McDowell
13 Jan 2020

A comprehensive approach what is child abuse and the presenting signs and management of such an event

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Yeon kyeong Han
13 Jan 2020


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Peter O'Connor
10 Jan 2020


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Winnie Kamakil
09 Jan 2020

I thought I already knew all there was to know about child abuse but this resource has really increased my knowledge of this topic. It has given me so much confidence.

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carol kelly-moore
09 Jan 2020

I will make sure when attending cares that there are nil signs of abuse or trauma. My role as a Registered Nurse is to make sure that all residents and staff remain safe in the work place and resident and young adults remain safe.