An Overview of Daycare Abuse

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Nov 17, 2015 in Personal Injury News

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Leaving your child in daycare is stressful enough as it is. You have to work to support your family, but you are always concerned about leaving your son or daughter in the care of a stranger for the day. You have to be able to trust that the facility has your child's best interests in mind. What happens when you discover that abuse is going on while you are not around? Here is an overview of daycare abuse and what you can do if you think your child has been subjected to mismanagement of their care.

A Serious Issue

More and more, we are seeing incidents of daycare abuse in the news media. This abuse can have long-term consequences that go far beyond temporary or physical injuries. Children can develop emotional problems that can plague them for life, including issues of trust, mood disorders and more. In many cases, it can be difficult to pin down abuse as the child will often be frightened into not revealing their abuser's action. It is important to keep a trusting and open line of communication with your child to overcome these kinds of threats and coercion.

Types of Abuse

There are many different kinds of abuse. The most common experienced are:

  • Physical abuse, where a child is struck, shaken, or otherwise physically mishandled;
  • Sexual abuse, which can include inappropriate touching, comments or advances;
  • Emotional abuse, where a child is insulted, put down, berated, or otherwise caused undue emotional turmoil;
  • Neglect, where a child's basic needs are not tended to through action or inaction by a care worker.

Long-Lasting Effects

Abuse of a child should never be taken lightly. Simply removing the child from the source of the abuse is not enough. The injuries from mistreatment can be severe and long-lasting, requiring years of medical and/or psychological care to overcome or even to deal with. This is true both of the child and the parent, who may be left with scars and trust issues from what has happened to their child. These treatments can be costly and difficult to pursue, and the stress from figuring out how to manage recovery can further drive a wedge between parent and child. If you notice extreme mood swings, changes in behavior such as sudden shyness or anger issues, aggression, nightmares, inappropriate sexual acting out, fear of going to daycare, bed wetting or other extreme behavioral changes, you should talk to your child and seek help.

Getting Help

The first step if you suspect abuse is to visit a doctor and talk to the authorities for a proper investigation. You should then seek the services of a qualified personal injury attorney. An attorney can protect and fight for your rights, and ensure that the abusers are held responsible for their actions. They can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to seek treatment, no matter how long it takes. If your child has been the victim of daycare abuse, don't wait. We are here to help with answers to any questions or information you might need. Look over our services and give us a call for a free consultation today.