• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12

Safeguarding Children - Types, Signs and Reasons for Abuse of Children

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Level 3 Health and Social Care Miss Parry AO2 Investigate the Types, Signs and Reasons for Abuse of Children In this task I am going to discuss the types of abuse, signs and reason for the abuse of children. The types of abuse are physical or non-accidental injury, emotional, sexual and neglect. According to www.mentalhelp.net, Physical Abuse occurs when one person uses physical pain or threat of physical force to intimidate another person. Actual physical abuse may involve simple slaps or pushes, or it may involve a full on physical beating complete with punching, kicking, hair pulling, scratching, and real physical damage sufficient in some cases to require hospitalization. In particularly violent instances, people can die from the injuries they sustain while being physically abused. Physical abuse is abusive whether bruises or physical damage occur or not. Physical abuse may involve the mere threat of physical violence if the victim does not comply with the wishes of the abuser, and still be considered physical abuse. If an adult deliberately hurts a child ? causing them physical harm, such as cuts, bruises, broken bones or other injuries ? it is physical abuse. It can include hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, and slapping. According to http://www.nspcc.org.uk, Causes - Being unable to cope with the stress and frustration of parenting can lead to physical abuse. A lack of support from family, friends or community can make this problem worse. Parents who have learned bad parenting from others, perhaps from their own past experiences of a violent parent, may be a factor, as are unrealistic expectations of how a child should behave. In particular, children born prematurely or disabled are more vulnerable to physical abuse. No-one knows for sure why this is the case, but the increased demands and stress of caring for a child with special needs could be a reason. Whatever the situation, there is never a good reason to deliberately injure a child. ...read more.


paying for the sexual services of a child or encouraging them into prostitution or pornography 8. showing a child images of sexual activity including photographs, videos or via webcams. Acts of child sexual abuse are committed by men, women, teenagers, and other children. Sex offenders are found in all areas of society and come from a variety of backgrounds. Significantly more men than women sexually abuse children; however, female sexual abuse is under reported and is sometimes not recognised as abuse. Contrary to the popular image, abusers usually seem quite normal to others; friends, relatives and co-workers often find it hard to believe that someone they know has abused children. They are more likely to be someone that the child knows, like a relative, family friend or person in a position of trust, rather than a stranger. If the abuser is another child or young person, the abused child may be very confused about their feelings and may rationalise, or be persuaded, that what is happening is ?normal?. A child may not say anything because they think it is their fault, that no one will believe them, or that they will be teased or punished. The child may even care for an abusing adult ? they will want the abuse to stop, but they may fear the adult will go to prison or that their family will break up. Very young children and disabled children are particularly vulnerable because they may not have the words or the ability to communicate what is happening to them to someone they trust. The causes of sexually abusive behaviour towards children are complex and not fully understood. As well as the abusers' sexual urges and willingness to act upon those urges, other factors may be involved: power and control issues, traumatic childhood experiences, and troubled families. Child sexual abuse can also be motivated by money, as it is in the case of child prostitution and pornography. ...read more.


1. Domestic violence. Witnessing domestic violence is terrifying to children and emotionally abusive. Even if the mother does her best to protect her children and keeps them from being physically abused, the situation is still extremely damaging. If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationships, getting out is the best thing for protecting the children. 2. Alcohol and drug abuse. Living with an alcoholic or addict is very difficult for children and can easily lead to abuse and neglect. Parents who are drunk or high are unable to care for their children, make good parenting decisions, and control often-dangerous impulses. Substance abuse also commonly leads to physical abuse. 3. Untreated mental illness. Parents who suffering from depression, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or another mental illness have trouble taking care of themselves, much less their children. A mentally ill or traumatized parent may be distant and withdrawn from his or her children, or quick to anger without understanding why. Treatment for the caregiver means better care for the children. 4. Lack of parenting skills. Some caregivers never learned the skills necessary for good parenting. Teen parents, for example, might have unrealistic expectations about how much care babies and small children need. Or parents who were themselves victims of child abuse may only know how to raise their children the way they were raised. In such cases, parenting classes, therapy, and caregiver support groups are great resources for learning better parenting skills. 5. Stress and lack of support. Parenting can be a very time-intensive, difficult job, especially if you?re raising children without support from family, friends, or the community or you?re dealing with relationship problems or financial difficulties. Caring for a child with a disability, special needs, or difficult behaviours is also a challenge. It?s important to get the support you need, so you are emotionally and physically able to support your child. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Healthcare essays

  1. supporting adults

    * Unexplained bruising or injuries of any sort. * Burn marks of unusual type e.g. burns caused by cigarettes and rope burns etc. * History of frequent changing of General Practitioners or reluctance against General Practitioner consultation or visit. * Accumulation of medicine which has been prescribed for the client but not administered.

  2. Caring For Children and Young People. There are many reasons why children and ...

    about they are: * The Children Act 1989, 2004 * Every child matters 2003 * CommonAssessment Frame work The Children Act1989 The aim of this act is to protectchildren from abuse, neglect and keep them out of danger. Paramountcy Principle says children should be cared for in their own home.

  1. Unit 4-Human lifespan development

    These problems tend to resolve by late adolescence. As a child grows, he becomes more stable emotionally, learns to rely on himself, and shows more concern for others. Poor nutrition or low physical activity: Unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity can lead to children being underweight, overweight, or at risk of growing overweight.

  2. Care for Babies

    Bathing a baby can by more difficult and a lot of new parents feel very nervous bathing their baby for the first time, so here I have put in a step by step guide in how to wash your baby and if you are still not confident in doing this you can always top and tail until you feel ready.

  1. Unit 10 Assignment 3 - Child Abuse and Neglect

    having poor hygiene, always feeling hungry, dressing inappropriately in harsh weather, some indications in a child?s behaviour can be signs they are being neglected such as constantly wanting attention, stealing food, being upset or depressed a lot, doesn?t trust others and being a little rebellious.

  2. Safeguarding Children and Young People: This essay looks at how to spot child abuse, ...

    be being neglected because she was always saying that she was hungry and when presented with treats to be shared on special occasions Tallulah appeared very greedy which was unusual behaviour by her standards. A final odd behaviour that indicated Tallulah may be being abused at home was noticed when

  1. The Types, Possible Reasons For, & Effects of Abuse

    Recurring instances of poor care inside a care setting can be a sign of serious fundamental problems. For vulnerable adults, neglect may be self-imposed because of mental health problems. Examples of neglect include: 1. Failure to provide sufficient food, drink, heating, clothing ? could result into malnutrition and hyperthermia 2.

  2. Detecting Signs of Abuse in Vulnerable Adults

    This could be a sign of neglect, as he has lost loads of weight from not getting fed and isn?t as happy as he usually was. -Changes in the behaviour of others: the behaviour of the individual around the vulnerable adult (family, other professionals, other service users)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work