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Importance of Child Protection in Early Childhood Education and Care

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This document discusses the importance of child protection in early childhood education and care. It covers the definition of child protection, the importance of creating a safe environment, the types of abuse and neglect, indicators of abuse and neglect, and strategies for educators to respond to disclosures. The document emphasizes the role of everyone in protecting children and provides references for further reading.

Importance of Child Protection in Early Childhood Education and Care

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SUBJECT: SOCIOLOGY.
TITLE: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE.
TOPIC: CHILD PROTECTION
It is a provision in public legislation where governmental and
non-governmental bodies are empowered to prevent child
exploitation, exclusion and neglect in their families and\ or
community.
Ensures that children are in a safe environment|
community.
Ensures that all children’s rights are respected and
observed.
Ensures that families receive enough support in
promoting children safety.
Promotes future health and wellbeing of children.
Prevents sexual abuse of a child.
Promotes the freedom of all children and empowers
their right to decision making.
Ensures the feeling of belongingness and love of a child
in a community.
Shapes the psycho-social development of a child.
LET US JOIN HANDS AND PROTECT CHILDREN.
`In accordance to
The Third Action Plan of (2015-2018)
under the
National
Framework for Australian Children Protection (2009-
2020) Act, early intervention must be taken following
suspected cases of child abuse by promptly reporting to the
relevant bodies and incases of care providers of children,
applications must be made in the children’s court. Out of home
care services must be provided with background checks

DEFINATION
THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILD
PROTECTION IN EARLY
CHILD PROTECTION
LAW
EMOTIONAL: This is an act of emotional disturbance to a child
which results to traumatization and emotional deprivation and
suffering.
This result to emotional an imbalance which leads to low esteem,
mental health issues due to lack of attention and love.
PHYSICAL: This is infliction of violence to a
(e.g. food and clothing) which leads to medical illnesses,
depression and anxiety and poor developmental milestones. child
which is intentional and non-accidental causing harm to a child
and failure of basic needs provision to a child.
This involves beating, burning, and lack of basic needs
SEXUAL: It involves acts of sexual relationship with a child.
It involves incest and other forms of sexual activities that affect a
child.
VERBAL: It is verbal harassment of a child.
It involves teasing and excessing yelling which undermines a
child’s esteem.
NEGLECT: This involves lack of attention to a child by a parent.
A safe environment is achieved by imposing the right legislative
measures that defines the conditions which a child should be
brought up in a community thus affected the psycho-social
development of the child.
By examining the home care service providers, the threat of
child abuse is mitigated reducing the chances of any forms of
child abuses.
Background checks is relevant since it helps trace the behavior
and past records and helps the government preserve data for
future reference.
It brings the aspect of self-love which predominantly promotes
DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANCE OF CHILD
PROTECTION
CHILD
PROTECTION
I AM ONLY A
CHILD. I
DESERVE
TYPES OF ABUSE AND
NEGLECT
TYPES OF CHILD ABUSE AND
NEGLECT
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performed to those working with children. Consultation with
other legislative entities is advocated to promote protection of
children.
Physical abuse and neglect( examples)
Burns a child, Fractures.
Body is filled with scars “injuries.”
May lack medical care from a professional when feeling
Unwell.
A child may have loosened teeth or missing teeth.
Dirty child/ poor hygiene.
Sexual abuse( examples)
Shows pornography to children.
Early childhood pregnancy.
Pains or unusual bleeding from private parts.
Child may have sexually transmitted diseases.
Emotional abuse(examples)
Depression and low self-esteem.
Stressed child.
Indulgence in drug abuse.
Weird friendships with strangers.
Neglect (example)
Poor weight gain and growth.
Child’s Performance in school is poor.
Unclean and lacks medical care.
Fear of family members and visitors.
Lack of emotional disclosure.
Child is unfriendly.
Excessive weight gain.
Poor sleeping habits (may (sleeps excessively or not at
all).
Bad eating habits( may eat or not eat)
Child may be excessively clean or unclean.
Child may be very violent.
TYPICAL INDICATORS OF CHILD ABUSE
AND NEGLECT.
STRATEGIES EDUCATORS CAN USE WHEN RESPONDING
TO DISCLOSURES
Don’t panic –When a youngster decides to disclose that
he/she has been abused it may be irresistible and hard but
you should give the abused child your full attention although
it can be stressful ,let the child understand he/she is not the
cause of the worry.
Notify the child about the next step or action to be
taken-Encourage the child that they will need to talk to a
second party “authorities” in order for them not to be in
danger and you will fully support them.
Be free to use open language to fully engage the
child -If a child decides to disclose a secret to you it means
that they highly trust you, let the child feel free when talking
to you and also be free to the child so that he can disclose
everything allowing them to mention shameful things as
they are e.g. sex.
Engage the child in a comfortable private
environment-Choose a safe and good location where there
is no disturbance and a place where you are not busy,
remain sensitive to the child that you want to help him or
her.
Do not consult a third party first-It may shock the child
and this may make the abused young person to think his
situation is more difficult to handle. First ensure the child is
calm and relieved before moving to the next step of
consultation.
Don’t give promises that you cannot keep-Once the
abused child has trusted you, keep any promise you make to
the child to help improve trust again for further discloser.
Consult and make sure the child visits a professional
for medical checkup and psychological support- make
sure a child is clinically reviewed and talks to a professional
psychologist.
Believe the abused child and evaluate the situation-
You have to trust the child since it is rare for a child to come
up with such accusations.
The offender should not be confronted directly- Report
to the relevant authorities to minimizes cases of threats to
the victim and improve their future security.
NON-TYPICAL INDICATORS OF
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.
CHILD PROTECTION IS
EVERYONES
RESPONSIBILITY. SHOW
LOVE AND CARE, IT COSTS
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