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Education :

BOY WRITINGEducation 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 ABUSE
Physical indicators Behavioral Indicators
  • Unexplained bruises, burns, lacerations, abrasions, fractures
Wary of adult contacts
Apprehension when other children cry
Behavioral extremes :

  • Aggressiveness
  • Withdrawal
  • Afraid of parents, to go home
SEXUAL ABUSE
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
EMOTIONAL MALTREATMENT  
Habit disorders (sucking, biting, rocking etc) Behavioral extremes :

  • Complaint, passive
  • Aggressive, demanding
Conduct disorders (antisocial, destructible etc)
Neurotic traits (sleep disorders, speech disorders, inhibition of play)
NEGLECT  
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  

 

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