Child Abuse and Neglect

Independent Study - Chapter Two | Developed by GAL Training Team

Course description

Recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect is the first step in helping abused or neglected children.  To advocate for them, you will need to know the different types of abuse and neglect and the risk factors for each.  

By the end of this chapter you should be able to: 

  • Articulate what constitutes child abuse and neglect 
  • Discuss the types of child abuse and neglect 
  • Identify risk factors of child abuse and neglect 
  • Understand how to identify family strengths through the use of the resource lens

This material has been exclusively designed for I am for the child Academy. 

GAL  Training Team
GAL Training Team

Thank you for caring about abused, abandoned and neglected children.  As Director of Operations for Florida‘s Guardian ad Litem Program, on behalf of our children and our training team, I want to thank you for your interest in this course.  I encourage you to view all the trainings available through I am for the Child Academy. We will be updating course offerings on a regular basis and hope you check back in with us often.  Should you decide to participate in this course I hope it meets your expectations and assists in your role working with our most vulnerable children.  

Once you have completed the training, I would appreciate it if you took the time to rate the course and provide any feedback you would like to share.  

Frank Prado
Director of Operations

If you have any questions prior to enrolling in this course please email

Course Curriculum

Independent Study, Chapter Two: Child Abuse and Neglect
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Timney Review of Child Abuse and Neglect

by Donna Timney
Course content was relevant and clear. When starting the Survey and Quiz portion of this module, the reviewer is directed to choose the "Next" button to proceed, when in fact their is no "Next" button. You would hit the "Submit" button to proceed.

identified it well

by Marsha Petersen
Was very well produced and very informative

by Noelia Dominguez

Child Abuse and Neglect

by Thomas Haggerty

Good Overview of Abuse

by Craig Davide
Good Overview of Abuse

by Peggie Harbaugh


by Enide Bellamy
A good balance of video and interactive elements to keep me engaged

Perfectly explains what the information in this chapter is about.

by Allison Gheen
Very informative. I enjoyed learning about the different lenses because that was something new for me

Child Abuse and Neglect

by john kelley
Very helpful and insightful. The quiz on the negatives and positives depicted in the picture of the was especially an interesting valuable exercise.

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by Lynn Boyd
A little fuzzy on what was actually reportable when it came to emotional abuse. I know the subject is a fuzzy one but some clarification would be helpful.


by mary griffin
Very informative lesson.


Child Abuse & Neglect

by Maria Dieguez
Material was educational.

Child Abuse and Neglect

by Deborah Lauren

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by Mayra Barnes
I found this course very informative and very easy to follow and underrstand

by LeTrenna Mosley
In this course I learned what the definitions of child abuse and neglect are, and what actions would be considered abuse and/or neglect. This information is very important for me to know as a GAL volunteer, and the course taught me what I needed to know for any of my future visits with the child I will be placed with. I also found the slides on the two different lenses - the deficit lens and the resource lens. Now I understand just how important it is to use a balance of the two lenses, and to not favor one over the other.

Child Abuse and Neglect

by Ursula Doig

Child Abuse and Neglect- Excellent Presentation

by susan gardner
Easy to understand, hear and follow the presentation.

Child abuse and neglect

by Cindy Pidala