Children with Disabilities - Developmental Disabilities

The General Training and the Profession Specific Training you have already completed covered how and when to file a report, as well as situations relevant to individual professions. The following module addresses maltreatment of children with developmental disabilities, providing information relevant to mandated reporters in all fields who come into contact with these populations. However, as this module focuses primarily on mandated reporting issues, you are encouraged to pursue more comprehensive, profession-specific trainings for working with individuals with disabilities. Additional resources are listed at the end of this module.

Although the exact numbers vary, there is consensus in the research that children with disabilities are more likely to be victims of abuse than their non-disabled peers. It is therefore especially important that mandated reporters be aware of the issues relevant to these children. In this module you will learn:

  1. Information regarding the incidence of abuse for this population
  2. Risk factors specific to children with disabilities
  3. Behavioral indicators of abuse for children who have disabilities
  4. How to respond when you suspect a child-abuse victim has a disability and/or an identified disabled child has been victimized

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