Learning to ESCAPE: Screening and Identification of Child Physical Abuse

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non-members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. This course is an archived presentation from NAPNAP's 2023 National Conference and is offered free with a coupon for conference attendees until 12/31/23. 

Research shows that early identification of child physical abuse reduces the rate of subsequent injury and death by up to 50%, yet children are not consistently screened for physical abuse due to insufficient provider knowledge and lack of a systematic screening protocol. This presentation will provide an overview of child physical abuse, including red flags and injuries that are suspicious for abuse. Using interactive case studies, participants will learn how to utilize the validated Escape instrument to screen and identify children at high risk for physical abuse. The presenter will also review an example screening protocol, important documentation guidelines and screening considerations for acute and primary care NPs across a variety of pediatric settings.

Please note that this program is a recording from a live and virtual session from NAPNAP 2023 national conference in Orlando, Fla. If you earned CE for this session, this course will be a duplicate.

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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an agency providing continuing education credit. individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post tests will be awarded 1.0 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners contact hours.

Keywords: abuse, maltreatment, injuries

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope and significance of child physical abuse. 
  • Identify common risk factors and red flags for child physical abuse. 
  • Describe injuries that are suspicious for child physical abuse. 
  • Utilize the Escape Instrument to screen children for physical abuse. 
  • Describe important considerations when screening for child physical abuse in various pediatric clinical settings.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 Contact hours
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Sheri M. Carson, DNP, RN, CPN, CPNP-PC 
Certified as a Pediatric 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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