CE Credit

Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Child Abuse


Welcome to the training on Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Child Abuse provided by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 2.00 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals who care for pediatric and adolescent patients to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the types of child abuse.
  2. Specify the consequences of child abuse and neglect.
  3. Interpret the risk factors for child abuse and neglect.
  4. Distinguish between the signs of various types of child abuse.
  5. Distinguish normal developmental behaviors from sexually reactive behaviors exhibited by children who have been abused.
  6. Apply ethical principles for deciding whether to report suspected abuse or neglect.
  7. Determine when Texas law requires reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
  8. Select an appropriate way to introduce risk factor screening to patients and families.
  9. Recommend resources that promote positive parenting.

Please note this module expires on 9/27/2019.

This module was released on 9/27/2016.

Accreditation Statement


The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America quarterly; the Mayo Clinic; Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition; Psychology Dictionary; the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.