How do I help abused and neglected children?

Many caregivers wonder how to support abused and neglected children. Here at Care Courses we offer two child care training courses that help early childhood professionals identify and support abused and neglected children.

Today I’m going to focus on a few ideas from one of these courses, Abuse and Neglect: A Caregivers Guide to Child Abuse.

Every day in the United States 1,875 children are abused and neglected.

At an early education conference in the Midwest, a Head Start teacher confided that of 18 children in her class, two-thirds of them have already experienced some form of physical or sexual child abuse in their short lives.

As caregivers, it is our responsibility to act in the best interests of the children in our care.

In our course, Abuse and Neglect, a Caregivers Guide to Child Abuse, we discuss many ways to support abused children.

Some of these ways include the power of nature to heal, the importance of providing a stable, secure, consistent, loving environment for children while they are in our care, and positive ways of talking to abused and neglected children.

We suggest:

  • ›  Being available for plenty of one-on-one time with the child, and
  • ›  When the child wants to talk with you, give the child your undivided attention.

We also suggest:

  • ›  Teaching children self protection strategies
  • ›  Giving children choices whenever possible because making choices helps children feel powerful.

›  And so on …

In our Care Course, Abuse and Neglect: A Caregivers Guide to Child Abuse, we discuss a variety of ways to support abused and neglected children. We’ve touched on just a few of them in this blog. Want to learn more? Find this course and our second course on child abuse, Preventing Child Abuse, on our website.

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