The Recognition, Management and Reporting of Child Maltreatment

There is pervasive discomfort amongst medical providers to consider and assess for child maltreatment. Further, providers are uncertain as to their mandated reporting responsibility. This can result in inconsistent application of assessment, work up, and reporting, rendering families vulnerable to provider and system bias.

This offering will provide the education necessary to assist providers in recognizing and managing cases of child maltreatment; identifying internal resources for assistance and demystifying reporting responsibility.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians across the Mass General Brigham system.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify child maltreatment as a prevalent and pervasive health issue.
  2. Identify the different types of child maltreatment.
  3. Implement best practice guidelines for recognizing and addressing child maltreatment.
  4. Identify the reporting/legal systems responsible for the management of child maltreatment.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Alice Newton, MD, FAAP - Course Director

Dr. Alice Newton is the Medical Director of the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Newton is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international locations.  Dr. Newton participates in research with local and national colleagues and has written articles and chapters on many forms of child abuse. 

Dr. Newton sits on the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Board, and is the medical director of the Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Program.  She also sits on the board of the Massachusetts Childre? s Alliance.  She is a member of the Suffolk County Child Fatality Review Committee, the Massachusetts Shaken Baby Prevention Coalition, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Dr. Newton also provides primary care service at the Pediatric Group Practice at MGH. 

Aine Blanchard, LICSW

Aine Blanchard is the Program Manager of the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aine worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the Emergency Department at Boston Childrens Hospital for 10 years, providing acute clinical services; risk assessment, crisis intervention and case consultation. She spent 2 of those years also serving as the mental health consultant for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Norfolk County. In 2012, she began working with the Boston Police Department as the Assistant Clinical Director of their YouthConnect project, intervening with high risk youth impacted by community violence.

In 2014, she returned to the hospital setting to develop the Child Protection Program at Tufts Medical Center. She managed this program for the subsequent 4 years. She came to MGH in 2017 and assumed her current role of the Child Protection Program Manager.

In addition to her work at MGH, Aine teaches a graduate class on child and adolescent trauma at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Summary of Relevant Financial Relationships

The following planners have reported no relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company:

Aine Blanchard, LICSW
Alice Newton, MD, FAAP

The following speakers have reported no relevant financial relationships an ineligible company:

Aine Blanchard, LICSW
Alice Newton, MD, FAAP

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation


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