South Carolina statistics tell us that educators have been involved in preventing and stopping child abuse and neglect by reporting their suspicions to DSS and law enforcement. All educators and staff members are legally mandated to report suspected abuse. This gives them an incredible opportunity for intervention due to their daily contact with children.
Education professionals often become “the” trusted adult in children’s lives. We urge you to continue to educate yourself about child abuse and to continue to report suspicions.
- A disruptive or aggressive child may be acting out what is going on at home.
- A withdrawn or quiet child may be a product of a similar home, but he is internalizing his problem. Rather than shouting out for help, he is whispering.
- Poor attendance or chronic lateness can be indicative of neglect.
- A child who is unclean and routinely wears torn and dirty clothing may be living with chaos or instability at home.
- A signifi cant change in the child’s behavior, attitude, or concentration abilities is particularly noteworthy and should be monitored.
- Disabled children often bear the brunt of adult rage or frustrations due to their special needs; pay particular attention to changes in their behavior.
Tips for Building a Safe School Environment
- Talk to your students. Let them know they can talk to you about problems at home, school, or in the community.
- Offer special programs and information to students and parents on child development, stress, family living and effective, loving forms of discipline.
- Examine your school environment and formulate and enforce a policy prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment at your school. This policy should also address verbal abuse and bullying.
- Work to prevent violence by teaching confl ict management skills.
- Educate older children on the dangers of becoming a parent before they are ready.
- Keep books, fi lms and information on child abuse readily available at your school library.
- Provide on-going, in-service staff trainings on child abuse and neglect issues, violence, gangs, and other social and community issues.
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