Tuesday, 8 May 2018

SIGNS - Child Abuse in Aotearoa

Paul Joans - SWIS
Signs for....

Physical abuse

  •  hand marks
  •  oblong shaped bruises
  • bruises in weird places where they wouldn't naturally get bruises
  • clothing
  • food
  • lice treatment
  • medical
  • abandonment
Sexual Abuse 
  • usually not talked about
  • comes out with long term trust and discussion, not overnight
  • age of consent is 16 years
Burn = fire
scald = steam or water

It always comes back to the intention behind the action.

Other things to look out for (keep in mind the context!!)
  • bed wetting with no medical cause
  • continual sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea)
  • has not attained significance milestones
  • differing living conditions to the rest of the family
  • lack of personal attachment - goes to anyone without issue
  • children in the adults role (cooking, cleaning, child-minding etc).
  • violence towards animals and other children
  • dressing inappropriately to hide bruises or cover their bodies
  • may be extremely aggressive or extremely withdrawn
  • change in personality

What to do
  • be transparent
  • record in students own words
  • pass info to SMT
  • don't confront parents without discussing with school management

Quote by Dame Whina Cooper

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