Introduction - Child Maltreatment (ce599)

Child Maltreatment: The Role of a Dental Professional

COURSE NUMBER: 599

Franklin D. Wright, DMD; Jennifer Johnson, JD

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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Child Maltreatment: The Role of a Dental Professional will provide information on child maltreatment and outline the dental professionals’ responsibilities in the recognition, reporting, and treatment of such cases.


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Overview

Child Maltreatment: The Role of a Dental Professional will provide information on child maltreatment and outline the dental professionals’ responsibilities in the recognition, reporting, and treatment of such cases.


Child maltreatment is a widespread problem that touches all ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic segments of our society. The United States Department of Health & Human Services reports that in 2017, there were 674,000 substantiated reports of child maltreatment, including 1,720 fatalities. Because many incidents of child maltreatment go unreported, the number of children subjected to abuse and neglect is believed to be far greater. Health professionals are legally mandated to report suspected cases of child maltreatment to the proper authorities consistent with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they practice. Since craniofacial, head, face, and neck injuries often occur in child abuse cases, dentists may be the first health professionals to see an abused child. Therefore, it is important for dental professionals to be able to identify possible maltreatment and comply with legal obligations for documenting and reporting those situations.


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Child on child abuse that happened at a day care facility.


This continuing education course will provide information to help dental professionals recognize the possible signs and symptoms of child maltreatment, collect facts from the child if appropriate, document findings, report suspected maltreatment to the appropriate authorities, and provide treatment. This course will also call upon dentists to consider ways in which the dental profession can help reduce child maltreatment.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dental Assistant Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dentists

  • Date Course Online:

    Oct 23, 2019

  • Last Revision Date:

    NA

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Oct 22, 2022

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    155

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • Identify the possible signs and symptoms of child maltreatment as they might present in the context of dental health care.
  • Develop strategies for gathering facts from the child if appropriate.
  • Recognize legal obligations of dental professionals to document and report suspected child maltreatment.
  • Identify the treatment that dentists should provide to children believed to be the victims of maltreatment.
  • Recognize ways the dental profession can help reduce child maltreatment.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Author(s)

Acknowledgement: This course was revised in 2019 with the assistance of the CornerHouse Training Services, CornerHouse, 2502 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The authors report no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Franklin D. Wright

Franklin D. Wright

DMD

Dr. Wright has been practicing forensic odontology since 1985. He is a past president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO). He is a Fellow in the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Science and a Member of t...

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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

JD

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