ERIC Number: ED207149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Child Abuse and Neglect: Public Education's Role In Identification and Prevention.
Belnap, W. Dean
When there is evidence of severe child abuse or neglect, the school must be the child's advocate and defender. Basically, child advocacy is concerned with identifying and correcting ongoing practices and policies that violate legal and human rights or that are seriously harmful to children. The main targets are the institutional barriers that prevent individuals from getting the help they need. Advocacy assumes that people have certain basic rights or entitlements; that these rights are definable and enforceable by statutory, administrative, and judicial means; that advocacy is inherently political, and that it is sensitive to the reality that the people on whose behalf advocates work are not taken seriously by those who serve them. The goal of child advocacy is to make it possible for families to raise children the way they see fit. Advocates are not trying to say what is right for the child, but are trying to check the power that decision-makers now have over children's lives. The implications for advocacy are apparent. By removing the obstacles to growth for parents as well as for children, parents become sensitive to their children's needs and serve as advocates for them. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Rights
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (41st, Dallas, TX April 11-14, 1981).