Ethics Case Study In Child Abuse
1. Summary of the problem
I am a preschool teacher and one child is always asking for food. The child’s parent is insisting that their child should be given food whenever the child requests it and not doing so is abusing the child.
2. What is your first reaction to the case?
My first reaction to the case is that the child might not be getting the proper nutrition at home and is coming to school hungry on a regular basis. The teacher should remind the child that there are designated times during the day where s/he will get snack and lunch. The teacher should set up a conference with the parent and talk with them about the food schedule at the center. The teacher should mention to the parent that they cannot give the child …show more content…
I-1.5 – To create and maintain settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
I-1.10 – To ensure that a child’s family background is recognized and valued in the program.
P-1.1 – We shall not harm children.
P-1.3 – We shall not discriminate against or give special advantages to select children.
P-1.4 – Using two-way communication.
P-1.8 – Be familiar with risk factors for and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
P-1.9 – Report child abuse and neglect to appropriate agency given reasonable suspicion.
I-2.2 – Develop mutual trust and partnerships with families.
I-2.9 – Providing families with access to community resources and professional services.
P-2.2 – Inform families of program philosophy and policies.
P-2.4 – Family involvement in significant decision-making for their child.
P-2.13 – Permission to share confidential information provided that a child’s welfare is at risk.
P-2.15 – Refer families to community resources and services.
P-3B.1 – Follow all policies.
I-4.1 – Provide community with early childhood care, programs, and …show more content…
This insight can then result in solving whatever problems are at hand such as helping families provide food for the child using special services. Making sure that the child gets much needed nourishment is the best incentive for families and teachers wanting the very best for the child. The last pro is that, by talking with the family about where the educator is coming from, the family is informed about policies that explain why the teacher can and cannot do certain things at will that the parents want to be done. Dialogue should always be considered when problems arise, but one con of having open dialogue with families is that the families that do not like to communicate are the ones that likely need the most help. As an educator with a child’s best interests in mind, communication with families has to be the number one priority when dealing with conflicts. If there is no communication, the problem will only get worse. The last con would be that families do not always have their child’s best interests in mind like educators do. If the educator in this case suggests to the family that they receive some form of financial help to cover the cost of food, the decision is ultimately up to the family. The educator remains at the mercy of the parent and cannot force the parent into making any decisions unless the legal system is