Course Summary:

In the United States, child neglect is not only the most prevalent type of child maltreatment, but also is the cause of nearly 80 percent of child fatalities resulting from abuse. Child neglect can take many forms—from blatant to so subtle it is nearly undetectable. In this 45-minute course, you will learn about child neglect, how you can recognize it, and when to take action to help protect a child.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define child neglect and learn about its effects
  • Understand the risk factors within a family for child neglect
  • Recognize the value of raising awareness and educating church staff and volunteers about child neglect
  • Identify symptoms of child neglect
  • Respond appropriately to a child who discloses neglect, or if neglect is suspected
  • Understand the requirements of mandatory reporting and the importance of church reporting policies
  • Know about programs and resources the church can offer families and their children who are at risk for neglect

Key Topics Include:

  • What is Child Neglect?
  • The Scale of Neglect
  • Statistics on Child Neglect
  • Types of Child Neglect: Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Medical, and Educational
  • Inadequate Supervision and Inappropriate Caregivers
  • Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Neglect
  • Risk Factors and Consequences of Neglect
  • Signs and Symptoms of Neglect
  • What Can the Church Do?
  • If A Child or Youth Discloses Neglect
  • What to Do If You Suspect Abuse
  • Mandatory Reporters
  • Obstacles to Reporting
  • Building Community and Strengthening Families