ChildAbuse and Neglect
To: The Principal
From: OliviaMallory, Class Teacher
Reporting on Child abuse and Neglect
It’swith much regret that I inform you about a possible case of childabuse and neglect regarding one of our students. This case requiresan immediate response because it’s the right of every child to livefree from violence and a safe childhood. Therefore, the identifiedvictim’s rights are being infringed upon by the domestic violence.I am afraid that failure to take efficient actions is likely to causelong-lasting and severe impacts on the child’s life. According to astudy on the mental development of children, the experiences with thecaregivers, community, and family determine the level of emotionalsecurity and stability in kids (Kempe,Silverman, Steele, Droegemueller, & Silver, 2013).
Anneshows repeated signs of domestic abuse. One of the signs that showthe kid is a victim of physical abuse is the numerous bruises on thearms and legs. The victim says that she fell on the playground. Suchdeceptions are issued by the victims of such situations due to thefear inflicted on them by the offender. Increased exposure tostressful events influences on the brain’s response to stressmaking it less adaptive and more adaptive. The mother is notconcerned about the well-being of the child. In most abuse cases, asobserved in the past, the parents deny having mistreated the childrenor blame them to deserving punishments. A survey proves that a parentwho sees a kid as entirely worthless and bad is likely to inflictphysical or emotional harm on him or her (Kempeetal.,2013).The mother describes her child as deceptive, lazy, and clumsy. Thiskind of talk is enough to cause the daughter psychological problemsif she is not advised. Signs of oppression are also evident in thechild’s lack of confidence during the meeting. Researchers arguethat physical and mental harm of the kids prevents them fromexpressing themselves adequately. It’s clear that the withdrawnbehavior of the student is due to the parents’ failure to show herlove and offer supervision. The kid fails to provide the cause of thebruises even in her mother’s presence. She avoids eye contact witheveryone in the room. Finally, torn and stained clothing and poorhygiene poor health are other observable traits of neglect.
Someof the factors that promote the neglecting of the children, in thiscase, include the drug abuse and overconcentration on the parents’job. The mother came to the meeting when she was intoxicated. Sheproved difficult to talk to and hence a sustainable agreement was notmet. Additionally, the fact that the father didn’t make to themeeting because he worked two jobs shows a lack of concern for thekid’s well-being. Since it has come to our attention that Annafailed to attend school, it is safety measures are a necessity.
Iwould recommend reporting this case to the Children Welfare Servicesas soon as possible. The kid should also be put in a rehabilitationprogram. This approach will entail guidance for the child and activediscussions intended to ignite the recovery process. Moreover, thewelfare organization will offer a confirmation of the child’s abusethrough carrying out of an investigation. If the conditions threatenthe kid’s life, immediate placement in a foster care is paramount.
OliviaMallory, Class Teacher
Kempe,C. H., Silverman, F. N., Steele, B. F., Droegemueller, W., &Silver, H. K. (2013). The battered-child syndrome. In C.Henry Kempe: A 50 Year Legacy to the Field of Child Abuse andNeglect (pp.23-38). Springer Netherlands.