Child Maltreatment and Neglect SIG


The Child Maltreatment & Neglect Special Interest Group (CMN SIG) is for members with a special interest in the evaluation and/or prevention of child maltreatment. Many members focus primarily on subspecialty practice in the field of child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and child neglect evaluation, but all are invited to join.

The aim of this SIG is to improve communication and cooperation among involved practitioners while focusing on PNP education, practice support, networking and continued role development/NP practice parameters in the field.


Child maltreatment includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caretaker or another person in a custodial role.  The few cases of child abuse and neglect seen in the news are only a small part of the problem.  Many cases are not reported.  Over 1600 children die a year in the United States from abuse and neglect (CDC, 2014).  In 2012 close to 700,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment by child protective services.  Child maltreatment has a negative effect on physical health and emotional health.  Children that are abused or neglected are at higher risk for health problems, alcoholism, depression, suicide, drug abuse, eating disorder, obesity, smoking and certain chronic diseases.  The goal is to stop child maltreatment before it starts.  Promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children and families are key to protecting against maltreatment.  It is all health care providers responsibility to take a lead in the prevention and identification of child maltreatment.


  • No Hitting Pledge - Hitting people is wrong - and kids are people too! Print out this two-sided handout and have your patient families take the no-hitting pledge.
  • CMN Newsletter V1, V2, V3
  • Check out our newly developed Positive Parenting Resources page and share with your patient families.

External Resources

Tools for PNPs, FNPs and Other Pediatric Providers

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Other Organizations' Positions

Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence is brought to you by the Family Violence Prevention Fund in partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Child Witness to Violence Program and NAPNAP. 

Award Opportunities:

The 2018 award winners are:

  • Barbie Mulvaney
  • Carrie Ann Donnell

Every other year we offer SIG members the opportunity to apply for the Child Maltreatment SIG Award. Learn how to apply here.

Position Statements:


Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on child maltreatment and neglect.

SIG Officers: 

Co-Chair - Barbie Mulvaney, CPNP
Chair - Saribel G. Quinones, DNP, PPCPNP-BC
Treasurer - Sara E. Moore, DNP, RN, APRN,BC, CPNP-AC, NNP
Secretary - Kristen A. Morris, DNP, CPNP, AFN-BC