Child Abuse/Neglect

It happens whether you realize it or not

Neglect

When the parental care provider for a child leaves them.

There are 4 types of Neglect

Educational- the failure to enroll a child in school or provide homeschooling.

Physical-not providing the basic things the children needs( food, clothing)

Emotional- Ignoring a child, name calling, terrorizing a child,

Medical- Not providing health care for a child.

In 2005, 1,291 children died as a result of maltreatment

According to National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) about 899,000 children were abused and neglected in 2005.


http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/child-neglect.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Physical

Intentionally causing injury to a child

Those committing the harm are usually close to the child.

Bruises are the biggest indicator that a child is being abused.

Out of 899,000, 16.6% of victims were physically abused in 2007.

Most of the time, physical abuse comes from excessive discipline.


http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/child-physical-abuse.html

How to know if A Child Is Being Abused

Eating habits that lead to extreme weight loss or weight gain.

Use of drugs and alcohol.

Trouble walking or sitting.

Changes in school attendance and performance.

Changes in sleeping patterns, including nightmares, trouble falling asleep. The child seems fatigued.

Behavior changes like depression, anxiety, fear, withdrawal, not wanting to go home.

Visible unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, broken bones.

Overly sexualized behavior, use of explicit language.

Contacts

www.childwelfare.gov - A website providing information informing the visitors of the websites the dangers that children are posed to and how to protect them.

www.preventchildabuse.org- Founded in 1972 in Chicago, this organization works to promote the healthy development of children and stop child abuse before it can occur, or if it does occur, try to end it as soon as possible. The ultimate goal is to help children grow up and contribute in their communities.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)- A community based program administered at federal level, helps assists families and children and provide benefits to help assist them.

Children's Bureau - An organization that helps out at risk children and their families. Also through the Affordable Health Care, it manages to bring health care to these at risk families.

Emotional

Name calling, belittling a child.

Parents arguing in front of a child

Most of these occur during stressful events.

Very similar to neglect in many ways.


http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/emotional-abuse.html

Sexual

There are non-touching and touching offenses:

Touching genital parts

Watching adult movies

Having sexual intercourse

Placing a child in prostitution

Out of 899,000 victims 9.3% were sexual abused in 2007.


http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/child-sexual-abuse.html