Child Abuse Prevention
As a parent or guardian you want to think that you are doing all of the right things for your child. However, if you fail to do proper research of any type of the daycare or activities that you will not be directly involved with; your child could suffer the consequences.
Even when you do all of the research necessary to determine if you are putting your child in a safe place, you may still fear the unknown.
There are many ways to prevent abuse. It takes initiative and be proactive on your part. Always be aware of the child's behavior. If you suspect your child is being abused, you need to act on it.
Here are some of the things you can do when looking for the right facility for your child or to follow up on the one you've already selected.
· Make unscheduled visits to the school, daycare, church, or other organization. Go on different days at different times.
· Investigate references of the organization. It's a good idea to talk to other parents and people in the community.
· Request references from that specific organization and follow-up on them.
· Request a background check
· Look into the reputation of the school, day care, church, or other organization.
· Talk to child. Ask your child how it's going at school or at his or her different activities and clubs
· If your child becomes withdrawn there may be something you need to look into them further investigate.
Talking to your child may be difficult. However, as uneasy as it may make you or your child to talk about certain things, the more your child knows the more they will be prepared.
Make sure your child knows the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. Explain to your child what and where private areas are on the body. Inform them that they are not to touch anyone’s private areas, nor is anyone to touch theirs.
It is important that your child know they can talk to you about anything and need not be embarrassed or ashamed.
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