Child abuse is one of the most difficult topics to discuss, yet it is one of the most important topics for discussion. We would all like to think that nothing like this could happen to any child, yet child abuse and neglect are two of the most prevalent reasons for infant and toddler deaths in the United States.
Mr. Daly has written a great comprehensive book on child abuse and its characteristics.. If you have children, work with children, or are in contact with children, this book should be in your library. It is full of facts and percentages about what ages are most at risk for abuse, as well as being at risk for being abusers. He explains the personality traits of the abuser and the consequences to the victim. He also explains that certain conditions that lead to abuse are linked to diagnosed mental illness, while other abusers simply enjoy abusing children.
The book presents observable behaviors that would indicate that an injury was the result of abuse, as opposed to an accident. There are checklists of physical issues to look for as well as the demeanor that is often displayed by the victim. Mr. Daly also explains who to report suspected abuse to and how to get them to take your report seriously.
As bodywork professionals, we are in a unique position to be able to visually see and discern the scope and severity of any injuries. We are also in a position to listen to children who often feel comfortable enough to share their experiences with us. We can be the first alert systems that could possibly curtail any current abuse and prevent further abuse.
If you think you see something that shouldn’t be there and you aren’t quite sure how to approach it, take a look in this book. You will be able to take appropriate actions, should that become necessary. Hopefully, none of us will ever be in a position where we have to deal with this issue.
This course is NOT accepted for the Pennsylvania Child Abuse requirement as we have not sought approval.