Child Abuse Prevention Tips
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Child Abuse Prevention Tips 1. Report suspected abuse or neglect to Hastings CAS. 2. Know what abuse and neglect are. Abuse is when a child is hurt intentionally or when a parent or caregiver fails to protect a child in their care. 3. Neglect is the failure to meet a child’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, sleep, medical attention, education and protection from harm. 4. Know the signs. Unexplained injuries, fear of a specific adult, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, poor hygiene, secrecy and inappropriate sexual behaviour could indicate a child is being abuse. 5. Volunteer. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities to help vulnerable children and families. 6. Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Greater investments are needed in programs that have proven to stop abuse before it occurs. To support local programs, contact the Quinte Children’s Foundation. 7. Encourage community leaders to be supportive of kids and families. 8. Teach children their rights. When children are taught that they have the right to be safe, they’re less likely to think abuse is their fault and more likely to report an offender. 9. Discipline without hurting. Physical punishment teaches children that hitting is okay and it teaches them to be afraid and hide what they are doing from you. 10. Nobody is perfect. If you need help, ask for it. Call Hastings CAS or Quinte Children’s Foundation for more information about parenting services in Hastings County.