This module covers, at a basic level, developmental stages using the four domains of development, physical, social, emotion and cognitive. It provides useful links to more in-depth information including “red flags” at each developmental stage. It covers the common risk factors, both for children and their parents, for child maltreatment. It describes the effects of maltreatment as well as the signs of abuse and/or neglect. Finally, it describes the negative consequences of separation and loss for the child and the resultant behaviors common for both the child and for their parent(s). It identifies ways in which social workers can mitigate those negative effects.

Section One - Human Development

Section One provides information that will help you understand child development including what is "normal" for the various stages of a child's life. (12 min.)

Section Two - Dynamics of Maltreatment

There are many different reasons why maltreatment arises in families. Section Two takes a look at some of the root causes of maltreatment. (13 min.)

Section Three - Effects of Maltreatment

What happens to child that endures maltreatment? Section Three examines the effects of maltreatment at various age/development levels of a child's life. (9 min.)

Section Four - Signs of Maltreatment

Child welfare is intended to protect a family and specifically the child. To do this successfully, a social worker needs to be able to recognize the signs of abuse in a child and to note signs of an abusive caregiver. Section Four will assist you in protecting families by learning about these signs. (10 min.)

Section Five - Separation and Loss

Removal of a child from a family is difficult. Not only on the child, but also on the caregiver. Section Five provides valuable information about this tramautic experience from both the child and caregiver vantage points. (6 min.)

Section Six - Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has a damaging impact on children. Households with domestic violence are often households where children are not safe. Domestic violence is difficult to spot. As a practicioner, you need to learn how to identify domestic violence so that the children in your families remain safe. Section Six presents you with valuable information that will help you understand the nature of domestic violence and provide you with background which might help you identify it. (21 min.)