Abuse and Neglect


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31 Dec 2025

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1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

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Activity Description

Abuse and neglect refer to the actions or inactions of an individual's caregiver or parent inflicting physical, sexual, or emotional harm on the individual. Abuse and neglect may also be referred to as maltreatment and within the legal framework of a country or state is defined as constituting a criminal infringement of the rights of the maltreated individual. This activity outlines how abuse and neglect may present and the means by which suspected abuse or neglect should be evaluated and managed. This activity also highlights the role of the interprofessional team in recognizing and treating abuse and neglect.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Explain when abuse or neglect should be suspected and what evaluation should take place.
  • Outline the management options for abuse or neglect.
  • Describe some of the factors that increase the risk of abuse and neglect.
  • Identify interprofessional team strategies that how communicating with team members to clarify reporting duties can lead to improved recognition and management of abuse and neglect and better patient outcomes.


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