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Preventing Child Abuse

Preventing Child Abuse The best way to help an abused child or preventing it from happening to your child is by educating yourself and watching for the signs. Teach your child what is and is not acceptable from others and believe your child if they tell you that something is wrong. Children can’t always speak for themselves, so we have ... Read More »

Physical Child Abuse – Definition

Physical Child Abuse – Definition Physical Child Abuse is the deliberate use of force against a child and any injury purposely inflicted upon a child which results or may result in bodily harm, may consist of just one incident or it may happen repeatedly. It is the most visible form of child abuse, and can happen once or many times. ... Read More »

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Physical Abuse Signs of physical abuse can include injuries such as bruising and burning. Shaken Baby Syndrome and the lesser known Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy are two other injuries identified. Each of these listed abuse injuries is accompanied by what to look for in the way of injury patterns. Depression and anxiety were two of the signs of ... Read More »

Indicators of Physical Abuse

Indicators of Physical Abuse (Source: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/child_abuse/page2_em.htm) Physical abuse of children is defined as excessive intentional physical injury to a child or excessive corporal punishment of a child. Torture, beatings, and assault of children are obvious forms of physical abuse. Corporal punishment by parents is subject to evaluation and interpretation. In general, spanking with a hand and other forms of mild ... Read More »

Physical Child Abuse Statistics

Physical Child Abuse Statistics (Source: http://www.child-abuse-effects.com/physical-child-abuse-statistics.html) Physical child abuse statistics are difficult to determine. Though hospitals do their duty by reporting child abuse and social workers investigate the reported allegations, thousands of children are abused behind closed doors. When severe injuries do occur, the diagnosis of “battered child” is often missed or denied. Even child and youth homicides are not ... Read More »

Child Neglect Statistics

Child Neglect Statistics Child neglect statistics reflect that low income increases the likelihood of maltreatment and neglect. Poor people typically spend their energies trying to cope with little available funds, and often, inadequate or sub-standard living accommodations. They tend to cluster in poor neighbourhoods with high need and very limited resources. What resources do I mean? Extended families, neighbours, friends, ... Read More »

Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect

Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect Child abuse is more than bruises or broken bones. While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type ... Read More »

Helping an abused or neglected child

Helping an abused or neglected child What should you do if you suspect that a child has been abused? How do you approach him or her? Or what if a child comes to you? It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed and confused in this situation. Child abuse is a difficult subject that can be hard to accept and even ... Read More »

Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school. Some effects include: Core feelings of ... Read More »

Needs of a Neglected Child – Parental Responsibilities

  Needs of a Neglected Child – Parental Responsibilities Understanding the basic human needs is the key to recognizing the signs of child neglect. Children are dependent on adults from the time they are born. The absence of some or all the basic needs determines whether or not neglect exists. When I facilitate in the school system on the subject ... Read More »