For any professional working with children it’s essential to be able to identify possible cases of abuse and neglect at home, but it’s especially true for teachers. Teachers are often one of the most consistently present figures in a child’s life after their parents, and likewise teachers often see more of their kids than their parents do.
This means teachers are often in the best position to spot when something isn’t right, whether that’s in a child’s behaviour, a physical injury or problem, or even directly hearing of difficulties at home shared by the pupil.
Children can be exposed to a myriad of problems and abuse in their home lives, and it’s essential to be able to recognise possible issues by being familiar with the signs.
While every child is different and could have any of the following traits and still no be a victim of abuse, they can sometimes suggest emotional abuse going on at home.
Neglect at home can often be spotted through a combination of physical and behavioural signs, from clinginess to an obvious lack of hygiene. However, it’s important to note that many of these signs can often be due to families struggling with low income.
It’s normal for most kids to occasionally get hurt in the course of playing and running around, but signs of physical abuse are usually distinct from these everyday injuries.
This type of abuse often results in a range of physical and mental problems that can become very severe.
Many of these signs can apply across multiple issues, so all can be the result of many different forms of abuse or neglect at home. It’s important to treat every child as an individual and take their personalities and natural tendencies into account when assessing for the possibility of abuse, but never overlook the possibility that something might be wrong.
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