As an educator you may be the only line of defence against maltreatment that some children have. Understanding your important role in the safety and support of children is imperative. Chrissy Sykes - My Body Is My Body Programme
All children have the right to live in an environment that is free from abuse and neglect. According to the WHO every year over 1 Billion children are maltreated in some form, either sexual, emotional, physical or neglect. Educators play a key role in protecting children from child maltreatment. All children have the right to live in an environment that is free from abuse and neglect. This gives children the ability to develop their physical, emotional, educational, and social needs. As an educator you may be the only line of defence against maltreatment that some children have. Understanding your important role in the safety and support of children is imperative. Please remember that a child may only work up the courage to report their abuse just once. If the reaction form you as their educator is not supportive, it may be the last time they ever tell someone. It is important to take every report of abuse seriously.
As over 90% of sexual abuse is perpetrated by a family member or close friend of the family, the child may not feel comfortable telling someone in their family, or their parents may not believe them. They may find it easier to tell someone they feel safe talking to at school. It is believed that much abuse goes unreported because teachers are unsure as to what to say, what to look for and what to do in the event of a child revealing their abuse. Educators don’t always know what to say and do when a child reports abuse. Two of the top reasons why teachers under-report are 1. The lack of knowledge about the signs and symptoms and 2. Fear of making inaccurate reports—so educator training is essential. *Research indicates that adult training and education is one of the most effective ways to prevent abuse *(Finkelhor, D., & Dziuba-Leatherman, J., 1995). So it is important that all Educators learn the signs of child maltreatment and how and who to report abuse to.
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