Offenders of Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual offenders work to gain trust, social status, and control to harm children, noted with the recent news of Larry Nassar who used his prestige as a renown doctor to abuse hundreds of athletes. Although he has been sentenced to life in prison for his crimes, it is important to know what to look out for to prevent future offenses. This post identifies child sexual abuse offender characteristics as well as their process to gain power and control over their victims, as outlined in our Child Sexual Exploitation Quick Reference.Read More »


Defining Failure to Thrive

As a child grows, there are standards of what normal growth is and can be used to determine when a child is falling behind. Failure to thrive, which can occur from neglect, is when a child does not grow as the same rate as his/her peers. Because of its interconnection with neglect, this post will explore further definition, diagnosis, and treatment as illustrated in Child Abuse Quick Reference 3E. Read More »

Debunking Myths About Child Abuse

Stories of child abuse litter the news on a weekly basis, each one as heartbreaking as the next. Through these stories, and its portrayal in other media, we build assumptions on what the circumstances must be for abuse to happen. However, these assumptions are not entirely accurate and can hinder the credibility of cases that break out of these stereotypes. Outlined in Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2E, this post explores common myths around child abuse and the truth behind them.Read More »

Defining Medical Neglect in Children

Physical neglect in children is more recognized due to the apparent visibility. The same can go for medical neglect, which is why the two are typically associated when discussing neglect. However, medical neglect deserves distinction due to its handling in the health care setting. As outlined in the Nursing Approach to Child Maltreatment 2E, here are some basic facts and definitions about medical neglect. Read More »

Trauma Informed Care With Children

When working with victims of abuse, it is essential to maintain an atmosphere that allows for safety and trust. When handled properly, victims can not only come forward with their case, but they can share vital details to the multidisciplinary team that works to investigate and diagnose these cases. For children, maintaining care and trust after a traumatic event of abuse, neglect, or violence is especially important. As outlined in our newest book, Child Abuse Quick Reference Third Edition, we offer some tips for the best follow-up care with children after a traumatic incidence. Read More »

Preventing Domestic Violence Exposure to Children

To stop child maltreatment at the source, efforts must be made not only to educate the general public but parents who are at higher risk of causing maltreatment as well. Within this population are parents engaged in domestic violence which children are exposed to. We have discussed before how domestic violence affects children in the home. Now, in our new Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook, efforts are outlined as to how domestic violence can be prevented, which can also prevent harm to children in the home.

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Variables That Influence Traumatic Reactions in Child Maltreatment

After a traumatic event, common with abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, the psychological outcomes can leave lasting damage. Although the experience and the individual make each response unique, there are some determinants to how some victims react to traumatic events, especially in cases of child maltreatment. Below, and outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, are some variables that affect the reactions to these events.

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Defining Physical and Emotional Child Neglect

On our blog, we’ve covered physical and emotional child abuse. However, the difference between abuse and neglect is distinctive. While abuse and maltreatment are interchangeable, neglect is failure to provide basic needs or failure to intervene when necessary. Featured in our Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2nd Edition, these types of neglect are defined and further explained.
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