Child Maltreatment

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“Simply having children does not make mothers,” said john A. Shedd (“John”). When it comes to child maltreatment this is especially true, if a parent does not know how to take care of a child, they can abuse or neglect their child. The definition that the Centers for disease Control and Prevention uses is, “Any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or any other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.” Maltreatment can be split into two umbrella categories, acts of omission or acts of commission. Acts of omission are most commonly known as neglect, and can include not meeting the child’s physical, emotional, educational, or medical needs. An act of commission is most commonly physical abuse, but can also extend to the psychological or sexual abuse of a child (“Child Maltreatment”). Child maltreatment is a problem worldwide; the only way to stop it is to give parents a better understanding of the issue. Physical neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, and often the parents don’t even realize that they are neglecting their child. This can be described as failure to meet a child’s most basic needs. It includes abandonment, expulsion, shuttling, nutritional neglect, or clothing neglect. Abandonment is leaving a child without any prior plans for reasonable care. If a child is not picked up within two days, he or she is considered abandoned. Expulsion is refusal of custody; a child cannot be allowed in the home without arranging for care, or not accepting the return of a runaway. Shuttling is when a child is left in another caregiver’s custody for extended periods of time repeatedly. Nutritional neglect is when a child is left undernourished for long peri... ... middle of paper ... ...sota, 2009. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. “Child Maltreatment: Definitions.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 14 Jan. 2014. Web. Feb. 2014. “Child Neglect.” American Humane Association. N.p., n.d. web. Feb. 2014. “Child Physical Abuse.” American Humane Association. N.p., n.d. web. Feb. 2014. DePanfillis, Diane. “Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention.” Child Welfare Information Gateway. N.p. 2006. Web. Feb. 2014. “Detailed Chapter Information.” Assistance League, 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. “Emotional Abuse.” American Humane Association. N.p., n.d. Web. Feb. 2014 “Food Assistance Programs.” 17 Mar. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. “John A. Shedd Quotes.” Inspirational. Afterhours Inspirational. 2014. Web. Feb. 2014. “Understanding Child Sexual Abuse.” American psychological association. N.p. 2014. Web. Feb. 2014.
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