Protecting Children from all Forms of Abuse

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ProtectingChildren from all Forms of Abuse

ProtectingChildren from all Forms of Abuses

What&nbsparethe most frequent types of child abuse allegations seen by youragency? Why do you think this is? Do you think that this differs fromother types of agencies?

TheDepartment of Communities, Child Safety and Disability (DCCSD) is oneof the leading agencies in Queensland that provides services towardschild protection and adopt others children suffering from neglectsand parental abuse (Salasky,2011).The most frequent abuse seen by the DCCSD are grouped into four maincategories physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse as well asneglects. The physical damages are the non-accidental injuries orphysical trauma that children experience. Often, the children couldhave suffered or stand at a risk of suffering from physical abusesuch as biting, hitting, burning or poisoning. Not all physicalinjuries can leave visible marks but here are other acts that cancause physical trauma or injury to the child. The sexual abuse isexperienced when an adult exercises his/her powers in engaging insexual activity with a child either physical, emotional or verbalmeans. On the other hand, the emotional abuse is those acts thatinterfere with the psychological or social development of a child.Such injuries may include domestic violence, teasing, rejection,negative criticism and yelling to a child. Lastly, neglect occurs dueto a failure to meet the child’s basic needs in life, which includephysical neglect such as housing, clothing, food, supervision andhealth care educational neglect such as failure to offer a child anopportunity to learn.

Whatprocess does your agency&nbspfollow in the identification of thecases of sexual child abuse and child neglect in the community? Howdo you implement these processes? If you could, would there be anysuggestions to improve the current processes used?

TheDCCSD agency gets information on cases related to sexual abuse of achild in various ways. First and foremost, there voluntaryindividuals such as the affected children, parents or other extendedmembers who report the incidents directly to the agency.Consequently, the agency can source information from the reportspiled by mandated reporters such as the law enforcement, legalprofessionals, social service personnel as well as the medical andmental health professionals (USDHHS, 2007). The agency has workedhand-in-hand with the groups mentioned above to ensure that everychild gets immediate attention whenever any abuse occur or when oneis deprived of his/her rights. The agency, therefore, suggests onimplementing modalities in which every child reported as a subject ofa child abuse is removed from that resident, as the law perpetratesthe offenders.

Howdoes your agency determine whether or not child abuse is presentwithin a home, and what are some specific interventions that arerequired of your agency for the protection of the child? How longafter allegations of child abuse are made does the agencyinvestigate?

TheDCCSD agency gets the information about child’s abuse throughconducting interviews with the non-offending parents withinhomesteads to gather adequate information as to whether sexual abusesto children exist. Investigations also can be done through engagingchildren in interviews processes in a conducive environment, wherebyevery child will state whether he or she is subjected to any abuse.Through the supportive findings made by the medical examiners, theagency works together with the medical examiners to determinechildren who are abused within their homesteads. In response to allthe affected children, the agency has implemented effective programsmeant to help children exposed to any form of abuse and structured aframework where the agency staff work collaborate with familymembers. Upon getting the report on child abuse, the agency willcommence an investigation, which is conducted within one to two daysor up to five days depending on the State.

Whatis your organizations involvement throughout the court process, ifany? How do you interact with the parties involved in court?

TheDCCSD agency has the mandate to impose penalties against individualswho abuse children in all ways. In most cases, the majority of thereports received are resolved in the office without necessarilymaking application for a child protection order in the court.However, the agency takes full responsibility in giving full supportto the affected individuals during court proceedings and ensure thatthe abused children find favor before the court through givingsupportive evidence.

Whenchildren are removed from the home where abuse is present, what doesthe agency require of the parent/guardian in order to regain custodyback of the child, and how long is the process? What happens when theparent/guardian cannot meet the requirements?

Fora parent to regain custody back of the child, he or she mustascertain that the child will not experience any form of child abuse. Upon approval within a period of 120 to 150 days of temporarycustody, the court can decide whether the child can safely bereturned home to be under the parent or guardian’s care. However,if parent or guardian does not meet the requirement, the court shalldecide on the termination of regaining custody back of the child. Thejudgment is based on whether he/she is unfit or if the ruling bestfit the interest of the child, and then the court terminatesregaining custody back and give room for the adoption of the childfrom any an individual or institution that will take fullresponsibility.

Insummary, every child has a right to be protected against any form ofsexual, physical and emotional abuse, and all alleged offendersshould be perpetrated and answerable before the court. With the helpof different agencies that protect child abuse, the parents/guardiansor other legal professionals should report all cases experienced athome that relate to child abuse for an immediate action to be taken.It, therefore, mean that child abuse is an alarming problem in thesociety that requires a joint hand in eliminating such incidences.The medical examiners, as well as individuals, should take aninitiative in giving prompt reports on cases related to child abuse.

References

Salasky,P. (2011, May 16). THE SCARS OF ABUSE: Hampton roads community needsto step up to prevent child fatalities.McClatchy – Tribune Business News&nbspRetrievedfrom http://search.proquest.com/docview/866537087?accountid=45049

U.SDepartment of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children,Youth, and Families. (2007). ChildMaltreatment 2005. Washington,DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

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