Daycare Abuse: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:36 by admin
While the overwhelming majority of daycare available in the United States is provided by responsible and trustworthy establishments, abuse and neglect of children in the daycare environment still occurs. When choosing a daycare facility for your child, use common sense and follow these tips provided by the Consumer Protection Board of the State of New York:

Make sure that the daycare center is designed so that parents are free to come and go, with no requirements to call first and no areas off limits to parents. Daycare abuse and exploitation are far more likely to occur in facilities that have limited parental access. Make sure that the bathrooms do not contain areas where children can be isolated. Find out who takes the children to the bathroom, for what purposes, and at what times. Two thirds of all daycare sexual abuse and exploitation occurs during toileting. Make sure that there is proper supervision of the children during naps. Children may be more at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation during naptime because other children are sleeping and staff may be out of the room. Ask about the extent of education and training of all daycare personnel interacting with your children, and determine if they were screened for criminal history, emotional instability, or substance abuse. Be aware that volunteers or teacher's aides are not likely to have been carefully screened. Find out who will be interacting with your children in addition to the daycare provider and staff. Much of the sexual and physical abuse and exploitation associated with daycare centers occurs at the hands of individuals not directly involved in teaching or child-care responsibilities: bus drivers, janitors, and relatives of the daycare center providers. In 36 percent of the cases examined by a nationwide study of daycare abuse, children were sexually molested by family members related to the daycare provider mainly husbands or sons. Make sure that your child's contact with such persons is limited, and question your child closely about them. Discuss in depth with the daycare provider how the discipline of children is handled who administers it, under what circumstances it is used, and what form it takes. Make sure to talk to your children each day about what happens at the daycare center, paying close attention to what punishments were used under what circumstances and any other incidents that made the child uncomfortable.

If your child has been abused, neglected or otherwise injured in a daycare setting, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your child's legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Nursing Home & Daycare Abuse: Overview
  2. Broken Bones: Overview
  3. Bruises: Overview
  4. Burns: Overview
  5. Dislocation: Overview
  6. Emotional Problems
  7. Headaches
  8. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Overview
  9. Wounds: Overview
  10. Daycare & Child Abuse: Frequently Asked Questions
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