Child Abuse and neglect can be tough topics for a nanny. As a nanny you are considered a mandatory court reporter of any abuse or neglect. But what is considered child abuse or neglect? Recently the International Nanny Association shared on their Weekly Brief, an article on Child Abuse – Every Nanny’s Concern.
Nannies, nanny educators and nanny agencies alike often struggle with the issue of child abuse – what is it, what is a nanny’s responsibility, and what to do if you believe you have witnessed it. A recent case of a Ohio kindergarten teacher caught on video tape shows that even highly educated professionals struggle with these boundaries between discipline and abuse. INA consulted with Shari Nacson, an expert in the field, and she prepared the following primer to share with the INA.
Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect
While a painful reality that most of us wish to avoid, all professionals working with children are ethically responsible to be aware of the indicators of child abuse and neglect, as well as what to do when abuse or neglect is suspected.
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