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Acts of Omission An Overview of Child Neglect 2CE

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Course Description

This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article pertaining to child neglect. In the United States, child neglect accounts for 78 percent of child maltreatment cases and is more prevalent than both physical and sexual abuse. Despite the magnitude of this problem, child neglect has historically received the least attention from practitioners, researchers and the media. 


In Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect, Participants will first consider the scope of the problem. Next, Participants will learn about basic definitions of child abuse and neglect provided by federal and state law. Additionally, Participants will explore the most commonly recognized categories of neglect. Also, Participants will analyze the consequences of child neglect—including the relationship between trauma and neglect and fatal neglect. Next, Participants will examine environmental, family, parent and child risk factors for neglect. Additionally, Participants will become familiar with closely related issues—i.e. poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence and educational neglect. Also, Participants will consider fundamental principles regarding investigation, assessment, prevention and intervention of child neglect. Finally, Participants will examine the different strategies involved with training on child neglect.


This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of the problem of child neglect.

Approved by the Following State Boards
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License #197.000302)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists (CE Broker #50-23449)

Learning Objectives
  • To be familiar with the scope of the problem of child neglect

  • To be aware of basic definitions of child abuse and neglect under federal and state law

  • To identify common types of child neglect

  • To consider the consequences of child neglect

  • To explore the closely related issues of poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence and educational neglect

  • To be familiar with investigation and assessment protocols and procedures

  • To consider important prevention and intervention principles 

  • To be aware of training strategies

  • Read Acts of Omission:  An Overview of Child Neglect. Child Welfare Information Gateway. This publication is available online at 


You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the poset-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion.  You will also be required to complete a course evaluation.  Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, your certificate will be emailed to you.

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