In Canada, child maltreatment is a serious public health concern. Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that over 33% of Canadian children experience physical or sexual abuse at some point in their childhood.
Many studies indicate that underreporting by health care professionals is an issue. Reasons for this may be fear of legal action, loss of trust/relationship with the family, or making a false allegation.
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of NL report, ‘The Case for Specialized Health Care to Recognize and Prevent Child Sexual Abuse’ highlighted the importance of the need for training of health professionals in this area. One of the recommendations being that Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and School of Nursing collaboratively address improved education in this area, prompting the development of this teaching module.
After completing this course, you should be able to: