Suspecting child abuse or neglect can be a difficult situation for a child care provider. The following articles provide valuable information for this situation. Learn how to identify abuse and neglect, as well as how to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.
Reporting a suspicion of child abuse or neglect is a stressful thing for child care providers. But what happens to the report after you contact your local police department or child protection agency?
What Happens after You Report
First, the agency receiving the report must decide if the information provided justifies an investigation. If so, an investigation is started right away. In some states, action is taken within a 24-hour period. But it may take 30 to 60 days to …
If you are a child care provider who suspects that a child in your care has been abused or neglected, it is essential that you report your suspicions. Child care providers are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect, and you can be held legally liable if you do not report abuse and a child dies.
How do you go about reporting your suspicions? Here are some basic steps:
- Talk with your center director. If you work in a child care
Preventing child abuse and neglect is an important concern of all child care providers. Statistics show that the majority of abusers are parents, although the public perception is that abuse in child care centers is common. This false perception creates a very real challenge for child care providers. Child care providers need to be sure to provide a safe environment for the children in their care in order to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect in the child care …
In order to protect children who are being abused, child care providers need to learn the signs of physical abuse. Physical abuse is any kind of non-accidental harm to a child’s body. Children who are physically abused may try to hide their injuries or may give unbelievable explanations for injuries such as broken bones.
What Child Care Providers Should Know about Physical Abuse
- Physical abuse injuries are often the result of harsh or inappropriate discipline. Abuse may include shaking, throwing
Identifying possible child abuse is one of the most stressful responsibilities of a child care provider. Emotional abuse is not as easy to identify as physical abuse because the signs are more subtle.
What Child Care Providers Should Know about Emotional Abuse
- Emotional abuse includes blaming, belittling or rejecting a child; In addition, this includes constantly treating siblings unequally or persistent lack of concern for a child’s welfare. It also includes bizarre or cruel forms of punishment — for example,
Child care providers are often the first people to notice that a child is being abused or neglected. Because child care providers spend so much time each day with children, they are likely to notice physical signs of possible abuse, such as bruises or burns, as well as changes in behavior that might indicate abuse.
In order to help children who are being abused or neglected, child care providers can learn how to recognize the signs or symptoms of different …
The possibility that a child could be experiencing sexual abuse is frightening for many child care providers. Knowing how to identify the signs of sexual abuse is an important first step in helping a child who is being victimized.
What Child Care Providers Should Know about Sexual Abuse
- Sexual abuse includes a wide range of behavior: fondling a child’s genitals, intercourse, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and commercial exploitation through prostitution or pornography. Sexual abuse may begin with inappropriate touching or fondling
Hearing a disclosure — a child telling you that someone has abused or hurt him — can be scary for child care providers. Many thoughts may run through your mind. You may be worried about the child and yourself, unsure of how to respond or what to say, or angry with the parent or alleged abuser. Responding to a disclosure of abuse or neglect is a big responsibility.
Being Sensitive Is Essential
Children often are reluctant to tell about abuse. …