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How to Recognize Child Abuse and Neglect (Training Video)

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And now, let's take a moment and talk about child abuse and neglect,

a subject none of us really want to talk about but is vitally important,

especially if you work in an industry where you might be mandated to be a reporter of abuse or neglect and we're going to cover that next.

First, let's find out a little bit of background about this subject.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families,

child abuse and neglect is one of the nation's most serious concerns.

During 2008, an estimated 772,000 children were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect.

Now a majority of these victims, which is around 71%, were sufferers of neglect while 16% suffered physical abuse,

9% was sexual abuse and 7% suffered psychological abuse.

Now, depending on your state laws, you may actually have a legal requirement to report suspect abuse as a mandated reporter.

This requirement often includes teachers, daycare providers, EMS workers, coaches, camp staff, as well as other professionals.

Let's talk about abuse.

Abuse can occur in childcare centers, schools, religious institutions, recreational and athletic programs,

not to exclude camps, residential facilities and the worst part; even at home.

The most pre-dominant type of abuse would be neglect, followed by physical abuse and then sexual abuse.

Neglect is something that means despite available resources, the parent fails to provide food, clothing, shelter,

supervision or does not seek medical attention for serious illness or injury and this can happen for a

number of reasons but a family crisis such as a job loss or a serious illness to a caregiver or a divorce.

Neglect also results from chaotic households and no structure or routines or their homes may have very little space for the child.

So indicators might be that the child may be undernourished and is usually hungry.

They may often be lethargic and the child hasn't slept well.