This open textbook has been written by Susan Loosley and Jen Johnson, in partnership with the OER Design Studio and the Library Learning Commons at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. This work is part of the FanshaweOpen learning initiative and is made available through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License unless otherwise noted.



We would like to acknowledge and thank the following authors/entities who have graciously made their work available for the remixing, reusing, and adapting of this text:

  • Fallon, B., Lefebvre, R., Filippelli, J., Joh-Carnella, N., Trocmé, N., Carradine, J., & Fluke, J. (2021). Major findings from the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2018. Child Abuse & Neglect, 111.  Non-commercial reproduction of the report in whole or in part is permitted with acknowledgement of the authors and the Child Welfare Research Portal.

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This project was a collaboration between the authors and the team in the OER Design Studio at Fanshawe.  The following staff and students were involved in the creation of this project: 

  • Catherine Steeves – Instructional Design
  • Hadeel Abuhajer – Instructional Design
  • Robert Armstrong – Graphic Design
  • Jennifer Ayers – Project Management
  • Shauna Roch – Project Lead
  • Wilson Poulter – Copyright

With Much Appreciation and Gratitude

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Fanshawe Open Education Resource Design Studio.  I am grateful and indebted to Shauna Roch who has championed the cause for open education and supported me to complete this resource “enough”.  Her style of pedagogy and support for learners drew me to her as I learned from her guidance and wisdom.  Finally, I am super grateful for her patience throughout the project.

I would like to thank Catherine Steeves, Instructional Designer and editor.  While meeting on a regular basis with Catherine, we not only addressed the needs of the this open education resource but solved some of the problems of the world.  Our Friday meetings were some of my most enjoyable while creating this resource.  Thank you Catherine, I am so glad I met you.   

I am thankful for Jennifer Ayers, who polished the references and searched for those I did not have.  Meeting with Jennifer was like a breath of fresh air.  I appreciate so much what she brings to the table and how she contributed to the resource. 

I would like to thank Wilson Poulter, Copyright Officer.  He was always there to help with referencing content that was not clear to me and became an essential component of completing this resource.  Thank you Wilson!

I would like to acknowledge the staff and students of the Open Education Resource Studio that assisted with this project.  Some of you I met personally and some I didn’t but want you to know that I appreciate all that you have done to make this resource open and accessible.  

I would like to thank Sandra Feiber and the School of Community Studies for supporting my time to create the resource.  Without the support at the administrative level, projects like this would not be as possible.

Finally, a big thank you to my partner, Paul who always supports me in whatever I do even though I usually bite off more than I can chew.  He understands and supports my concern for the well-being of children and youth and helped me finish this project by being my number one cheerleader.

S. Loosley


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Child Maltreatment: An Introductory Guide With Case Studies Copyright © 2023 by Susan Loosley and Jen Johnson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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