Child abuse and neglect is a societal problem that impacts everyone. This course explains the causes, symptoms, and signs of child physical abuse and neglect. Several types of child abuse and neglect will be explored along with the necessary responses to child abuse and neglect from law enforcement, child welfare, and societal and cultural perspectives. The dynamics of sexual abuse (myths and realities) are explored along with the associated delayed disclosures and recantations.

The lessons learned in this class will be practical and applicable for students in a wide variety of fields to include criminal justice, education, nursing, social work and psychology.