Child Care and Child Abuse and Neglect

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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.

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Preventing Abuse and Neglect

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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 …

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Neglect

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Neglect is the most common type of child abuse. Child care providers need to know how to identify neglect in young children.

Things Child Care Providers Should Know about Neglect

Child neglect is a failure to provide for children’s basic needs. Neglect can be physical (hunger or inadequate clothing in cold weather), medical (refusal to seek health care when a child clearly needs medical attention), educational (failure to enroll a child of school age), or emotional (chronic or extreme spouse …

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Abuse and Neglect

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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 …

Guidelines for Child Care Providers Talking with Children about Suspected Abuse or Neglect

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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. …