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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Awareness Month- we all play a role

04/01/2018

This April marks National Child Abuse Awareness Month. A month where charities, expert organizations, professionals and young people come together to fight against the prevalent issue of child neglect and abuse. This year’s theme discusses how ‘we all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect’, spreading the message of building brighter childhoods. So, what is child abuse?

what is child abuse?

Child neglect and abuse abuse takes many different forms. This includes domestic abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, online abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, child sexual exploitation (CSE), female genital mutilation (FGM) and child trafficking. As you can tell from this list, child neglect and abuse is an incredibly broad issue, affecting so many children and young people across the globe.

The general definition of child abuse, as defined by the American Society for Positive Care of Children (SPCC), is ‘any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation of a child, or an act or failure to act presenting an imminent risk of serious harm to a child’.

what are the statistics?

Child neglect and abuse is a heart-breaking, tragic and distressing issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. Although child neglect and abuse statistics are renowned for being under-reported, the current numbers on record still paint a horrifying picture of the epidemic that is sweeping the nation.

what are the warning signs of child abuse?

As previously stated, child neglect and abuse can take many forms. Despite this, there are a few factors to look out for that many indicate a case of child abuse (American SPCC).

Physical child abuse

Physical neglect

Emotional child maltreatment

Sexual child abuse

how can Impero Education Pro detect cases of child neglect and abuse?

With keyword detection, real-time monitoring, and activity logs, the online safety features included in Impero Education Pro are designed to help counselors, teaching staff and superintendents fulfil their legal obligations and keep students safe online.

With keyword libraries including child exploitation, sexual assault, adult content, suicide and self-harm, staff are able to intervene and offer counter-narratives to help young people arrive at a more positive outcome through receiving direct help and support.

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