Child Abuse and Maltreatment / Neglect

This course meets the training requirements of Chapter 544 of the Laws of 1988. That law, as amended, established requirements for all physicians, chiropractors, dentists, classroom teachers, school service personnel, administrators and supervisors.

The law specifies that the coursework or training must include information regarding the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and maltreatment. This training must also include the statutory reporting requirements set out in the New York Social Services Law, such as when and how a report must be made, what other actions the reporter is mandated or authorized to take, the legal protections afforded reporters, and the consequences for failing to report. The law further states that the coursework or training must be obtained from a provider approved for that purpose by The State Education Department.

This course has been reviewed and revised in accordance with the revised Child Abuse Prevention curriculum developed at the request of, and funded by, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Bureau of Training and published by the Center for Development of Human Services Research Foundation of the State University of New York Buffalo State College in February 2005. We gratefully acknowledge their permission in using portions of the syllabus as well as PowerPoint slides in this revised online course. All materials developed by them and incorporated into this course are © 2006 Center for Development of Human Services/Research Foundation of SUNY/Buffalo State College.

This syllabus is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete overview of the serious and complex issue of child abuse and maltreatment. However, it includes the legally required aspects of this important topic. A bibliography and appendices are included at the end of this syllabus to aid in locating additional information on identification, reporting and prevention of child abuse, maltreatment and neglect.

The New York State Office of Child Protective Services has a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section that can serve as an introduction and quick review of this course. It can be found at

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Introduction Definitions of What to Report Possible Behavioral and Environmental Characteristics of Abusive Parents or Caretakers Reporting Child Abuse, Maltreatment and Neglect SSI Final Exam