Training to Improve Child Abuse and Neglect Diagnostic and Administrative Coding


ICD-11, child abuse, neglect, diagnostic, coding, documenting, medicine, training

Project Management

Cooperation Partner

This project is a collaboration between the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy at University Clinics Ulm, Germany, and the Swedish National Centre on Violence Against Children, "Barnafrid" at Linköping University.

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Description of the Project

This project aims to address the challenges of documenting and coding child abuse and neglect. To do so, we've developed an innovative online training "Child protection in medicine: core competencies and documentation" that coincides with the upcoming implementation of the International Classification of Diseases' 11th edition (ICD-11). This updated ICD system introduces more comprehensive methods for recording child maltreatment. As such, it's an opportune moment for health professionals to refresh their understanding. Improved documentation is crucial, as it helps identify and rectify gaps in care for vulnerable children and their families. Initially, the online training will be available in Germany and Sweden. The online training is tailored for paediatricians, paediatric surgeons, child and adolescent psychiatrists, emergency physicians and hospital administrators involved in coding. It offers five modular segments encompassing 19 learning units. It introduces the overarching theories surrounding child abuse and neglect and delves into child protection within the medical sphere. Topics include the nuances of coding for child maltreatment, legal foundations, and strategies to involve children and parents in medical decisions. Alongside foundational knowledge, the training emphasises real-world applications through case studies.

Funded by

European Commission