Child maltreatment, abuse or neglect are serious concerns that can have long-lasting and dangerous effects on sufferers. The goal of preventing child maltreatment is obvious—to shout out for those who cannot and to stop this misbehavior from happening in the first place. Stress-free, stable, firm, and polite nurturing relationships and clean environment for all families and children can help prevent abuse and maltreatment, and help all children attain their goals and reach their full potential.
Here are some incredible ways to prevent child maltreatment:
Abuse is not the one and only option. It is not just physical. Your bitter words and actions can leave deep wounds. Be good parents. Use calming techniques to treat your children and show other parents that conflicts can be settled without hitting, yelling or shouting.
Never try to teach discipline to your children when you are not in a good mood. Calm down, give yourself some time to relax. Remember that discipline is good for your child. Use calming techniques to motivate good behavior.
When you teach your children that they are very special and have the right to speak and be safe, they will never think abuse is their fault and will surely report an offender.
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse is a clear indication of maltreatment, but so doe’s negligence or the failure of parents or care providers to serve basic needs of children like food, clothing, shelter, care, etc. A child can also be abused emotionally when they are neglected, berated, rejected or continuously forced to remain isolated.
Teaching parents, teachers, and children about child maltreatment and prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.
Internal injuries, unexplained bruises, marks, etc. Are not the only signs of child abuse? Anxiety, depression, difficulty talking or trusting others, fear of a certain adult, making new friends seems tough, sudden behavior changes or changes in sleeping or eating patterns, malnourished, poor hygiene, inappropriate sexual behavior, secretive behavior, and rudeness often are signs of family issues and may show that a child is being ignored, isolated, neglected or abused emotionally, physically, or sexually.
Launch public engagement and education campaigns and also legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishment.
Preschool enrichment with family engagement is important. You can even improve the quality of child care through licensing and accreditation.
If you witness a child being abused emotionally, physically, or sexually, or if a child tells you that he/she is being ill-treated, report abuse immediately to your local police station or the state's child protective services department. Also, listen to your child carefully, understand his/her concerns, assure him/her that he or she did the perfect thing by telling to his/her parents or caregivers, and affirm that he or she is not responsible for what happened.
Child maltreatment is a serious and complex problem rooted in unhealthy families, broken relationships, and poor environments. Preventing ill-treatment and abuse needs a comprehensive and strategic approach that influences all levels of the society, individual behaviors, and relationships among families and neighbors.
Effective prevention strategies should be implemented to focus on modifying child abuse practices, policies, and norms of society to create clean, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.