Education is a preventative tool to assist children in knowing and understanding their rights and responsibilities. Educational campaigns for both adults and children alike should be carried out in all communities in order to prevent and eradicate child abuse and neglect.
Some of the topics covered for children are :
- making children aware of their rights and responsibilities
- empowering them to report abuse
- promoting life skills and values
It is also important for children to know that not all abusers are strangers!
Temple Communities are encourage to host Awareness Day programs, put up educational posters, invite professionals from the local Social Service to address the congregation. Programs for teachers, leaders, parents and care-givers are essential.
For adults and child care-givers it is equally important to educate them on the precautions of child abuse and neglect. There are several physical and behavioural indicators that are ‘warning signs’ that a caring and responsible adult can pick-up on, in order to help the child.
Physical and behavioral indicators are just another way of saying “opportunity for prevention” – a chance to recognize possible risk and to take action to protect children.
- Please note : these indicators as presented below are guidelines to follow. There can be other circumstances that lead to these behavioral changes ie. death in the family, stress at school etc.
|Physical indicators||Behavioral Indicators|
||Wary of adult contacts|
|Apprehension when other children cry|
|Behavioral extremes :
|Difficulty in walking or sitting
Torn, stained or bloody underclothingVenereal disease, especially in pre-teens
|Unwilling to change for gym or participate in PEBizarre, sophisticated or unusual sexual behavior or knowledge|
|Habit disorders (sucking, biting, rocking etc)||Behavioral extremes :
|Conduct disorders (antisocial, destructible etc)|
|Neurotic traits (sleep disorders, speech disorders, inhibition of play)|
|Lack of medical or dental care||Self-destructive feelings or behaviour|
|Chronically dirty or unbathed||Withdrawal from friends and community|
|Lack of adequate school attendance|
|Lack of supervision: eg. Young children left unattended|
|Lack of proper nutrition, shelter|