Protecting Children

Protecting Children

Task 1.

For this task I shall be explaining the main reasons why children/young people may need to be looked after away from their families.

Children are only taken into care when people are really worried that they are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm from the way they are being looked after by their parents. Sometimes this is because their parents just are not capable of doing the job of looking after their children. They may be neglecting them. For example, they may not be taking their children to see a doctor when they need to go, or they may not be giving their children enough to eat or drink. Sometimes it may be because the parents have done something to harm their children or allowed someone else to do this. This includes causing physical harm or sexual abuse. Both physical harm and sexual abuse also cause emotional harm.

Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights by any other person or persons or organisation. Abuse may consist of a single act or repeated acts. It may be physical, verbal or psychological, it may be an act of neglect or it may occur where a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented, or cannot consent.

Physical Abuse
The non-accidental infliction of physical forces that results or could result in bodily injury, pain or impairment.
Examples of behavior: hitting, slapping, pushing, burning, physical restraint, harassment, enforced sedation, inappropriate use of medication.

Physical abuse can be any of the following:

• Being restrained in a chair or locked in a room.
• Punching or kicking you.
• Throwing things at you.
• Grabbing, pushing, poking or slapping you.
• Hitting you with an object.
• Pulling hair or biting.
• Tripping you up.

Verbal Abuse
Verbal abuse is best described as an ongoing emotional environment organized by the abuser for the purposes of control. Verbal abuse is best...

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