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,
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
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