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CONTACT TEACHER

INSTITUTE

SOUTHEAST REGION

November 16, 2011

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Can Adults do anything they please to Children?

- Should someone hurt a child

and get away with it?

-Are children just as important

as adults in our schools?....

In our Country?

THE FRAMEWORK

The Child Care and Protection Act

The Child Development Agency

The Child Advocate

The Children’s Registry

The National Plan of Action for

Children

The Early Childhood Commission

THE CHILD CARE AND

PROTECTION ACT

Approved March, 11 2004

Signed into Law by Governor General March

25,2004

Strengthens Care and protection of children

New Standards for their treatment

Provision of New Laws

Non – discrimination- all children have the same right to develop their potential

MAIN PROVISIONS

Office of Children’s Advocate

Central Registry

Standard principles

Parental Responsibility for the reports of abuses

Increased penalties for abuses

Increased penalties for the violations of the rights

WHO DOES THE LAW

PROTECT

Under the law persons 0-18years.

Special attention to those:

In need of care and protection( danger of being abused, neglected or abused)

In conflict with the Law

Afflicted with disabilities

Living with HIV/AIDS

THE CONVENTION ON THE

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

40 Articles which includes –

Rights to Basic Health Care

Protection from abuse and neglect

Right to Education, Leisure, Cultural activities

Civil Rights and freedom such as self expression

THE ACT

Embraces concept of best interest of the child

Recognizes importance of family unit

Recognizes special needs of children in conflict with the law

VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

UNDER THE ACT

OFFENCES against children includes

Physical Abuse

Sexual/ Carnal Abuse

Child Labour

Aggravated assault and murder

Failure to report suspected abuse

Violations of terms of licenses

Trafficking

PHYSICAL SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE

Physical Abuse

Unexplained bruises and welts

Unexplained burns

Intake of harmful drugs

Human bite marks

Head Injuries

Fractures

Physical Neglect

Consistent hunger

Poor Hygiene

Failure to thrive

Consistent lack of supervision

Untreated cuts , sores or illnesses

Dehydration

Abandonment

Sexual Abuse

Torn , stained or bloody clothing

Difficulty walking and sitting

Pain or itching in genital areas

Sexually transmitted infections

Pregnancy

General

Change in appetite

Headaches

Nausea and diarrhoea

Behavioural Signs

Fear of adult contact

Inability to concentrate

Denial

Repelled by physical touch

Frequent absence from school

Sudden drop in performance in school

Constant tiredness

Substance Abuse

Begging or stealing food

Emotional Signs

Nervousness

Hostility

Anger

Depression

Withdrawn

Outbursts of Crying

Increased PENALTIES for Offences

Cruelty to children up from $50 to

$1million

Failure to report cases of abuse, neglect or abandonment of children

Trafficking

Failure to report suspicion of child abuse

Cruelty and Neglect

$ 1 m or 12 months in prison

Serious offences ( carnal abuse and murder) – Harsh penalties which includes Capital and non capital punishment

Child Labour

Attracts a fine of up to $500,000 or 6 months hard labour

Mandatory Reporting

Maximum penalty for not making a

report - $500,000 or 6 months

Report must be made without delay

False report - maximum penalty of

$250,000 or 3 months

Publishing Identity

An offence to publish report of any child’s court proceedings which reveal details leading to identification

Maximum penalty $1m or 12 months.

OPERATIONS OF CHILDREN’S

REGISTRY

Registrar bound by law to asses information given or faces up to

$250,000 or 3 months

ROLE AND FUNCTION OF THE

TEACHER- Our Responsibilities

Provide care- basic survival need such as food, clothing and shelter

Education

Prevent abuse in all forms ( physical, sexual, emotional)

Report suspected cases of abuse

Prevent Child labour

Seek assistance from the state where needed

Life Savers

Never……

 leave class unattended

Ignore students

Disregard dramatic change students’ behaviour

Scold a child who complains of being sexually molested.

Always

Teach children to shout or scream for help when in danger.

Teach students to run away from persons who are acting suspiciously

Teach them to say no to strangers offering goodies and car rides

Pay attention when children confides in you

Teach them to speak out when someone touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable

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Treat children fair

Do not discriminate

Be careful and refrain from calling them names

If at all possible avoid corporal punishment

Use positive and not negative reinforcement

Adhere to Principle 1 in the Code of Ethics which speaks to our relation to Students

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING

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