Child Abuse - Prevention

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How can child abuse be prevented?

This, too, is a very complex matter and includes these measures:

  • A support-group structure is needed to reinforce parenting skills and closely monitor the child's well-being.


  • Visiting home nurse or social-worker visits are also required to observe and evaluate the progress of the child and his/her caretaking situation.


  • The support-group structure and visiting home nurse or social-worker visits are not mutually exclusive. Many studies have demonstrated that the two measures must be coupled together for the best possible outcome.


  • Children's school programs regarding "good touch...bad touch" can provide children with a forum in which to role-play and learn to avoid potentially harmful scenarios.


  • Parents should make sure that their child's daycare center is licensed and has an open-door policy regarding parental visitation.


  • Public-awareness programs regarding child abuse and neglect can be informative.


  • Developing free and anonymous support systems (for example, "hot lines") encourages the reporting of potential instances of child abuse.
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