Learning Objectives

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

  • List the four main types of child abuse and neglect.
  • Better understand the dentists’ obligations in identifying and reporting abuse or neglect.
  • Describe the incidence and etiology of child maltreatment.
  • Describe the physical and emotional characteristics of both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse and neglect.
  • Identify the various signs and symptoms of child maltreatment in relation to both the types of abuse and neglect and the range of locations on the body where they may be found.
  • Understand the proper techniques for the evaluation or assessment of a child suspected of having been abused or neglected.
  • Explain measures that dentists can take to prevent further instances of maltreatment.
  • Describe the treatment, and its limitations, that dentists should provide to children believed to have been abused or neglect.
  • Grasp the magnitude of this problem and how it affects not only its victims but also society as a whole.