Most child abuse and neglect (CAN) goes undetected. Research shows that training professionals significantly contributes to better identification and reporting of child maltreatment.

Most child abuse and neglect (CAN) goes undetected. Research shows that training professionals significantly contributes to better identification and reporting of child maltreatment. But many countries struggle with the same problem: the majority of their professionals lack the knowledge and skills to recognize CAN and training materials reach only a small percentage of professionals. For this reason, Augeo Foundation began developing and implementing high-quality e-learning courses in 2010 on the theme of child abuse and neglect. The online Augeo Academy has already trained over 200,000 doctors, nurses and other (medical) professionals. More than 65% of all Dutch hospitals use online courses by Augeo. As a result, the percentage of medical staff trained to detect CAN increased in our country from approximately 10% to more than 75% and hospitals have become the primary CAN reporters within ten years.

The effectiveness of these online training courses for the health care sector has also been researched by University Medical Centre Utrecht and the results have been published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood (Smeekens et al., 2013). The research shows that those who complete the online course ‘Recognizing the Signs’ are able to ask their patients a greater number of more effective questions aimed at identifying possible abuse, and are also better at recognizing cases of abuse. In addition to this, a survey revealed that 86% of people who completed the courses felt more equipped to tackle cases of child abuse and domestic violence. Two additional surveys were carried out on effectiveness among primary education teachers.

All courses offered by Augeo Academy were developed and implemented in close collaboration with professional associations and other national and international partners, such as the government, knowledge institutes and ISPCAN.

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Augeo academy catalogue

The training courses offered by Augeo Academy helps professionals recognize and tackle child abuse more effectively. The online training courses effectively train tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, teachers and other Dutch health care professionals each year. English, German and Spanish courses are available for international medical professionals.

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Screening tools for children

A screening tool helps medical professionals recognize the signs of child maltreatment.

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Screening tools for parents

A new successful method is detecting child maltreatment based on parental characteristics.

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POLICIES THAT IMPROVE DETECTION CHILD MALTREATMENT

Medical organizations can improve the recognition of child abuse using eleven policy measures.

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International projects

Several international projects are currently underway aimed at training medical professionals.

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Augeo Magazine

A special edition in collaboration with ISPCAN on preventing child sexual abuse. Working with men and boys

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