What if there is evidence of abuse or neglect?
What if abuse has taken place?
Before placement, the child should be taught key words that they can communicate to your program in-person or over phone or text if there are concerns – especially abuse or neglect.
Identify community places that the child can go to receive help if they are in need of protection.
Establish mechanisms and protocols with your staff to determine the best way to protect children from abuse and neglect during this placement whether it will be temporary or permanent.
If the child remains at risk of abuse within the home, remove the child in partnership with the government, and seek alternative placement.
Refer to your organization’s child protection policy for guidance and report the abuse to the proper authorities.
Failure of an organization to report and address child abuse is grossly negligent regardless of the overarching global crisis.
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- Failure of an organization to report and address child abuse is grossly negligent regardless of the overarching global crisis.