Child Protection Training: Understanding Neglect

Child Protection Training: Understanding Neglect

Griffin Care Limited: Safeguarding Children and Young People Training

Delegates attending Griffin Care’s Child Protection/Safeguarding Children training often express concern about the impact of neglect a child’s growth and development, but often feel overwhelmed as to what to do to improve the situation. Griffin Care is dedicated to Safeguarding Children from significant harm and researches articles related to the issues raised in its child protection training courses to try give on-going support to practitioners once their Safeguarding Children training has ended.

The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination

Recognising Child Abuse in school settings

The following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect.

The Child:

  • ·         Shows sudden changes in behaviour or school performance
  • ·         Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
  • ·         Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • ·         Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • ·         Lacks adult supervision
  • ·         Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • ·         Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home

The Parent:

  • ·         Shows little concern for the child
  • ·         Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child’s problems in school or at home
  • ·         Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • ·         Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • ·         Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • ·         Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child:

  • ·         Rarely touch or look at each other
  • ·         Consider their relationship entirely negative
  • ·         State that they do not like each other

Signs of Neglect

Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:

  • ·          
  • ·         Is frequently absent from school
  • ·         Begs or steals food or money
  • ·         Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunisations, or glasses
  • ·         Is consistently dirty and has severe body odour
  • ·         Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
  • ·         Abuses alcohol or other drugs
  • ·         States that there is no one at home to provide care

Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver:

  • ·         Appears to be indifferent to the child
  • ·         Seems apathetic or depressed
  • ·         Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner
  • ·         Is abusing alcohol or other drugs

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Val Griffin

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