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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SERVICES TO SCHOOLS:

I was fortunate to attend the FACT trainer program in 2014 presented by Dr Louise Aucamp.

Focus of the prevention and awareness program is:

Educating significant adults in the living world of the child to prevent child abuse”.

Various programmes in the prevention of child abuse focus on the child to keep themselves safe from physical and sexual abuse which take not into account the dynamics of especially sexual abuse, where the child is in now position to escape the abuser. Although programs that focus on teaching children the importance of safeguarding their bodies are crucial but cannot substitute adult responsibility to protect children. (Aucamp, 2014).

The program reaches 3 levels:

  1. Training teachers and personnel at school.
  2. Education sessions with parents.
  3. Drafting of a Protocol with management team of school in reporting and handling matters of Child Abuse.

STEPS TO PREVENT, RECOGNISE, AND REACT RESPONSIBLE TO CHILD ABUSE AND QUESTIONS PARENTS WANTS TO BE ANSWERED:

  1. Learn the facts of all forms of abuse.
  2. Learn about grooming and the role thereof in dynamics of sexual abuse.
  3. Learn about the difference between normal sexual development, age-inappropriate problematic sexual behaviour and sexual abuse.
  4. The way children disclose.
  5. How can I as teacher minimise opportunities of possible sexual abuse?
  6. How can I as school protect the learners against any forms of abuse?
  7. What do I do if a child exhibit normal sexual behaviour in a class or on the playground?
  8. Do children sexually abuse each other?
  9. Can a child go to jail if he abused my child?
  10. What do I do if a child exhibit age-inappropriate sexual behaviour in a class or on the playground?
  11. How do I teach children age-appropriate ways in protecting themselves against possible perpetrators?
  12. What do I do if I suspect a child is being abused at home?
  13. Can I act on suspicions of any forms of abuse?
  14. Who do I report suspicions to?
  15. Do your school send out a message to possible perpetrators regarding your protocol in handling such matters?