Sunday, April 23, 2017

What should we do for children in an abusive situation? - Lily's Blackboard

What should we do for children in an abusive situation? - Lily's Blackboard:

What should we do for children in an abusive situation?

We do all we can to protect our students; it’s part of our commitment to connecting with and nurturing every child. Too many of our students bear the scars of abuse and trauma, unfortunately, and they need us not only to provide environments conducive to learning, but to create safe, compassionate spaces for their healing.
There was a time when child abuse was in the shadows, rarely discussed and only hesitantly acknowledged. Today we’re better at acknowledging the ravages of child abuse and responding to traumatized kids. But there’s a lot more we must do.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and information is available to help you recognize the signs that a child may be in an abusive situation.
The counselors of NEA are well-trained in safeguarding children, but they on average are responsible for 500 students each. All of us—no matter what our job titles—must constantly be on the lookout for signs that our students are in abusive situations.
When a child is in an abusive situation, what are some steps we can take? 
“NEVER indicate when a student reports abuse that we can ‘fix’ the problem. More importantly, be there for that student if they need to talk.  Do not dig for information. Report abuse the moment you suspect that the student is in an abusive situation, and above all else, do not make the student’s situation personal for you. Maintain your professional stance and boundaries. Be watchful and available to the students in need and know the signs of abuse.”

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