The Importance Of Child Abuse And Neglect

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The children of the world are at high risk of being abused and neglected by a parent, grandparent, sibling or any other caregiver at any given time. The trend that is called child abuse and neglect has become a worldwide problem and counties to grow. The reason that child abuse and neglect are growing is do the multiple spectrums that fall under the term which make it hard to pinpoint the exact type of abuse. The spectrums that child abuse and neglect cover are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect (2001). Each of these spectrums brings physical and emotional harm onto children while giving indicators that the child is being abused. Physical abuse is the inflection of physical harm by violent acts of punching, kicking, …show more content…
Neglect can be physical, educational, or emotional. Physical neglect includes failure to provide food, clothing, housing, medical attention, abandonment, and refusal to allow a child to return home (Doak, 2007). Educational neglect includes allowing chronic truancy, failure to enroll a child into a school, and failure to take care of a child’s special educational needs (Doak, 2007). Finally emotional neglect includes steady inattention to the child’s need for attention, failure to provide psychological care, abuse of another parent in the house, and allowing drug and alcohol abuse by the child (Doak, 2007). Neglect like the types of abuse has indicators that are spilt into two groups. The first group of indicators in the child appearance which include unwashed, hungry consistently dirty, and constantly tried, or listless (R. Clark, J. Clark, 1989). The second group is the child’s behavior which includes engaging in delinquent acts, begging or stealing food, rarely attends school (R. Clark, J. Clark, 1989). An investigation of a suspected neglect must do a thorough evaluation which include a review of medical records; a report from day care or school officials concerning attendance, academic performance, behavior and diet, and a family assessment conducted by a trained social worker, including a home visit to assess the child’s environment (R. Clark, J. Clark,

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