The Non-Accidental Trauma course is designed to provide training in the recognition and reporting of physical child abuse and abusive head trauma. A recent study reported that health professionals failed to report child abuse in 20% of cases in which the patient’s injury was indicative of abuse. This lack of recognition and reporting emphasizes the importance of provider training in recognizing signs of child abuse and documentation in such situations. The course material presented is relevant for practitioners in primary care or subspecialty practice.

This is a self-paced, open-enrollment course that may be started and completed at any time. A version of this course providing Continuing Education credit is also available on the Boston Children’s Hospital Learning Cloud.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a systematic approach in the assessment and identification of suspected physical child abuse
  • Describe the most common findings and mechanisms of abusive head trauma
  • Identify common radiological findings associated with abusive head trauma
  • Develop a stepwise management approach for children with abusive head trauma
  • Demonstrate proper documentation for a suspected case of non-accidental trauma

Suggested Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Trainees
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners

Curriculum Director

Celeste Wilson, MD


Lisa DelSignore, MD, Kelly Haynes, RN, JD, Iason Mantagos, MD, David Mooney, MD, MPH, V. Michelle Silvera, MD, Celeste Wilson, MD, PhD 

Release Date

  • Released: June 15, 2015