Child Abuse and Neglect: A Course for NCLEX-Preparing Nursing Students


Welcome to the comprehensive course on child abuse and neglect designed specifically for NCLEX-preparing nursing students. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, prevent, and respond to cases of child abuse and neglect in a healthcare setting. By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the signs, risk factors, legal considerations, and appropriate interventions related to child abuse and neglect.

Module 1: Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect

In this module, we will explore the definitions and types of child abuse and neglect. You will learn to recognize the physical, emotional, and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect. We will also discuss the impact of abuse and neglect on a child’s physical and psychological well-being.

Key Topics:

  • Definition of child abuse and neglect
  • Types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • Types of child neglect (physical, emotional, educational)
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms
  • Long-term effects of abuse and neglect

Module 2: Risk Factors and Vulnerable Populations

This module will delve into the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. We will explore the characteristics of both the perpetrators and the victims, as well as the socio-cultural factors that contribute to the occurrence of abuse and neglect. Additionally, we will discuss the unique vulnerabilities of certain populations, such as children with disabilities or those living in poverty.

Key Topics:

  • Characteristics of perpetrators
  • Characteristics of victims
  • Socio-cultural factors
  • Vulnerable populations

Module 3: Legal Considerations and Reporting Obligations

Understanding the legal framework surrounding child abuse and neglect is crucial for healthcare professionals. In this module, we will familiarize ourselves with the laws and regulations related to reporting suspected cases of abuse and neglect. We will also discuss the ethical considerations and potential challenges involved in reporting, as well as the role of healthcare professionals in the legal process.

Key Topics:

  • Mandatory reporting laws
  • Ethical considerations
  • Challenges in reporting
  • Healthcare professionals’ role in the legal process

Module 4: Intervention and Prevention Strategies

This module will focus on the interventions and prevention strategies employed in cases of child abuse and neglect. We will discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, including collaboration with social workers, law enforcement, and child protective services. Additionally, we will explore community resources, educational programs, and support systems aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect.

Key Topics:

  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Collaboration with social workers and law enforcement
  • Child protective services
  • Community resources and support systems
  • Educational programs


Child abuse and neglect are serious issues that require the attention and action of healthcare professionals. By completing this course, you will be better prepared to identify, respond to, and prevent cases of child abuse and neglect in your future nursing practice. Remember, your role as a nurse is not only to provide medical care but also to advocate for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children.

Thank you for choosing this course, and we wish you the best in your NCLEX preparation and future nursing career.