time: get involved with other parents in your community; help vulnerable
children and their families; start a playgroup.
Simple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse.
After school activities, parental education classes, mentoring programmes, and
respite care are some of the many ways to keep children safe from harm. Be a
voice in support of these efforts in your community.
Discipline your children thoughtfully. Never discipline your child when you are upset.
Give yourself time to calm down. REMEMBER that discipline is a way to teach
your child. Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help
your child regain control. Both words and actions can inflict deeply, lasting
wounds. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can
be settled without hitting or yelling.
prevention programmes. Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is
reported. GREATER INVESTMENTS are needed in programmes that have been proven to
stop the abuse before it occurs, such as family counseling and home visits by
nurses who provide assistance for newborns and their parents.
child abuse is, and what the signs are. Physical and sexual abuse clearly
constitute maltreatment , but so does neglect, or the failure of parents or
other caregivers to provide a child with
much needed food, clothing, and care. Children can also be emotionally abused
when they are rejected, berated, or continuously isolated. Unexplained injuries
aren’t the only signs of abuse – depression, fear of a certain adult,
difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping
patterns, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, secrecy, and hostility
are often signs of family problems and may indicate a child is being neglected
or physically, sexually or emotionally abused.
children, encourage leaders in the community to be supportive of children and
families. Encourage neighbors, churches, workplace, the media and employers to
raise awareness about child abuse.
If you witness a child being armed or see evidence of abuse, or if a child tell
you about abuse, make a report to social services or the police. When talking
to a child about abuse, listen carefully, assure the child that he or she did
the right thing by telling an adult, and affirm that he or she is not
responsible for what happened. And you
can always talk to someone at the NCC about it.