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What Is Maltreatment and How Can It Affect My Job?

Authored By
Education for Justice

Maltreatment is when a child protection or adult protection agency decides a child or vulnerable adult you care for was hurt or neglected by you. A vulnerable adult is an adult that is a resident or patient of a facility, gets services that must be licensed under law, or is physically or mentally disabled. Common examples: bruises or scratches, broken bones, verbal threats or verbal abuse, financial fraud, or leaving children or vulnerable adults alone without proper supervision.