CJS4540 Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

This course will offer instruction to help students understand the methods used in identifying physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. The course will emphasize developing skills for working with children and families. This course will provide methods for referring families to public and private agencies that deal with child abuse/neglect investigations and treatment. This course will also examine the repercussions for failure to report suspected abuse and neglect.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer is responsible for preventing child abuse and neglect. This includes law enforcement, social workers, ministers, friends, neighbors and family. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement about child abuse and neglect. The topic regarding how to recognize and address child abuse and neglect is a topic that affects all in society. Members of the community would benefit in a better understanding of and knowledge of child abuse and neglect.

Why This Course Is Important:

Child abuse and neglect has far-reaching application. Child abuse and neglect can result in physical and psychological developmental delays. Child abuse and neglect can continue into a cycle of abuse through generations. Understanding, recognizing and offering services to families and victims can help prevent abuse and neglect for current and future families. This application of protecting those that cannot protect themselves has long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminal justice as well as community members to become active regarding the recognition and protection of our most vulnerable citizens.