Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment Course

The Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment Training is designed for professionals and volunteers working with children and families and any NC citizen concerned with child well-being. The course is currently only available in English*.

*The Spanish version of this course is currently unavailable. We hope to secure funding in the near future to enable us to update the course to include new legislation affecting how child maltreatment is reported.

Course Fee

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina provides this and other courses, to North Carolina citizens at no charge through support from the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the generosity of our supporters. We welcome contributions to help us continue to provide these services for professionals and concerned citizens interested in promoting the well-being of families across North Carolina. Use the orange button at the top right of the screen to make a donation.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this course you will understand:

  • The signs and symptoms of child maltreatment
  • North Carolina mandatory reporting laws
  • The legal definitions of abuse, neglect, and dependency
  • How and where to make a referral of suspected child maltreatment
  • Barriers to reporting and some strategies for overcoming them
  • Where to find additional resources


Supplemental course materials, including a PDF of the course and FAQ, are available by clicking on the Printable Resources tab located at the top right corner of the course window.

Course Requirements and Information

  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • Users may complete the course at their own pace. On average, the material can be covered in about 2 hours.
  • This course is FLASH-BASED and is not supported on tablets or phones. If you know your device does not support Flash, please take the course on a desktop or laptop.
  • Please open the Frequently Asked Questions document for assistance during the course.
  • This course will be delivered entirely online through the course management system, Articulate. You will be required to enter your contact information on the Articulate system before you begin.
  • Please be aware that your progress is saved only on your current device. We STRONGLY recommend that you complete the course in one sitting so that you can print your results immediately upon completion. If you are sharing a computer and need to stop for any reason, the next user of the course may overwrite your progress.
  • Please print or save your Results immediately upon completing the course.
  • You must have a printer connected in order to print your Results. If you do not have a printer, you are responsible for reading the instructions for saving your Results to print at a later time.

Feedback and Course Survey

At the conclusion of this course you will be guided through several survey questions. Your feedback is important and will help us improve and develop future versions of this course. Thank you for your participation.

Proof of Completion

2017 UPDATE: In an effort to solve some techical issues, we are not currently offering a formal certificate for printing. Your printed Results will contain your passing score as proof of completion.

After completing this course with a score of at least 80%, you may print your Results. Instructions for printing are available in the FAQ document, in the Printable Resources tab inside the course, and at the end of the quiz.


Technical Assistance

If you need assistance at any time during the course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find the answer you need or the problem persists, please send an email to Theresa Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-256-6613.

NOTE: If you have already completed the course and were unable to print your results or your name was not included, please do not leave a phone message. Send an email directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a reprint. Reprints will be emailed at the end of each business day.



For More Information

Please call 1-800-CHILDREN or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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