Child Abuse and Neglect

Wayne Stocks —  In Abuse and Neglect December 26, 2011

If you missed it last week, we’re taking a couple of weeks off to focus on our families and Christmas. In the meantime enjoy these previously published articles from Divorce Ministry 4 Kids that you may have missed the first time around!

child-abuseNo catchy title or reference today as this topic demands a level of seriousness.

Shortly into the life of Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, we came across a report on the effect of cohabitation on children.  Part of that report included a study of the increased risks of neglect and abuse these kids suffer.  We went to the source of that information and found that children living in co-habiting relationships, with single parents and in step families are at increased risk of abuse, and we felt like we needed to discuss that fact on the website.  As we researched the issue, that quickly grew into a ten article series on child abuse and neglect.  In light of the nation’s attention turning to this issue in the last month or so because of the Penn State incident and now the incidents at Syracuse, we thought we would feature these articles once again.

The series includes information about the different types of abuse and neglect, signs of abuse and neglect, statistics on increased risk of abuse and neglect, what to do if you suspect it, how to talk to an abused child, reporting requirements as well as sources of additional information.  There is also a sample policy on reporting abuse and neglect included as appendix A.  A complete pdf file with all ten articles can be found by click on the tenth installment.

Here are the ten articles from the series:

  1. Divorce, Single Parenting and the Increased Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect – An Introduction [09/19/2011]
  2. What is Child Abuse and Neglect? [09/21/2011]
  3. Introduction to the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect[09/26/2011]
  4. Risks of Child Abuse and Neglect Based on Family Structure [09/28/2011]
  5. Recognizing Signs of Potential Child Abuse and Neglect [10/03/2011]
  6. What to Do If You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect [10/05/2011]
  7. How to Talk to an Abused or Neglected Child [10/10/2011]
  8. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect [10/12/2011]
  9. Sources of Additional Information on Child Abuse and Neglect [10/17/2011]
  10. Appendix A – Sample Policy for Reporting Suspected Abuse and Neglect[10/19/2011]