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How To Prevent
Child Abuse

How To Prevent Child Abuse...

Parents, professionals and even politicians share responsibility for the prevention of child abuse and the protection of children.

Part of this responsibility involves teaching children to protect themselves.

This alone will never prevent all abuse, just as teaching children about safety will not prevent all accidents.

How To Prevent Child Abuse

Nevertheless, it would be negligent to fail in this responsibility.

Many adults are reluctant to tackle the subject of protection from abuse because they...

  • feel embarrassed or ashamed
  • do not want to introduce the subject of sex in a negative way
  • are unsure how to tackle the subject.

Principles of Child Protection

Much insight into the area of protection for children in the UK has come from the work of the Kidscape Campaign for Children's Safety.

Kidscape's basic concepts of child protection are...

  • children learning to trust, recognise and accept their own feelings
  • children understanding they have a right to be safe
  • children understanding that their bodies are their own and that no one should touch them inappropriately
  • kisses, hugs and touches should never be kept secret, even if they feel good.

These concepts and the skills that children need to put them into practice can be taught through the existing curriculum in schools.

They can also be incorporated into themes and topics in pre-school settings.

If taught well, they will encourage children's confidence, assertiveness and communication skills, as well as contributing to their protection.

They are relevant to all children, including disabled children and children with learning difficulties, who may be especially vulnerable.

Resources For Developing Awareness And Protection Skills

There are a large number of books and resource materials concerning protection (for example, videos) that are available to use with children.

In general, they will need to be used in an interactive way if they are to be truly effective.

They need to be part of a programme offering children the opportunity to discuss the issues raised.

They should not be used by people unprepared for handling children's fears and worries or any disclosure of abuse.

Protecting Yourself From Allegations of Abuse

There may be times when child-care workers are themselves accused of abuse.

Sadly, although rare, there are occasions when these allegations are founded.

All those who work directly with children need to consider how to avoid allegations. There may already be guidelines in the establishment in which you work.

If so you should ensure that you know what they are and follow them. If not, the following common-sense ideas from 'The Kidscape Training Guide' may be used to help you draw up guidelines for your own workplace...

  • In the event of any injury to a child, accidental or otherwise, ensure that it is recorded and witnessed by another adult.
  • Keep records of any false allegations a child makes against you. Record dates and times.
  • Get another adult to withness the allegation, if possible.
  • If a child touches you in an inappropriate place, record what happened and ensure that another adult knows (do not make the child feel like a criminal).
  • On school trips, always have at least two members of staff.
  • Do not place yourself in a position where you are spending excessive amounts of time alone with one child, away from other people.
  • In residential settings, never take a child into your bedroom.
  • Do not take children in your car by yourself.
  • If you are involved in a care situation, try to have someone with you when changing nappies, clothing or bathing a child.
  • Never do something of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves, for example wiping bottoms.
  • Avoid going on your own to the toilet with children.
  • Be mindful of how you touch a child. Consider using a lap cushion with young children or disabled children who may need to sit on your knee.
  • Be careful of extended hugs and kisses on the mouth from children. This may be particularly relevant to those working with children with learning difficulties.
  • Always tell someone if you suspect a colleague of abuse.

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