ERIC Number: EJ883031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
What Teachers Can Do for Children Living in Difficult Circumstances
Lovitt, Thomas C.
Intervention in School and Clinic, v45 n5 p317-320 2010
Thousands of children are living in stressful and dysfunctional situations. Scores of them reside in conditions replete with drugs or alcohol. As a court appointed special advocate (CASA), this author has advocated for children who have been abused or neglected and whose situations are involved in the courts, more specifically in the dependency process. By law, teachers and school personnel are required to report instances of abuse and neglect directly to Child Protective Services. Teachers should in general stay in close contact with the child's CASA and/or social worker. Apart from alerting Child Protective Services and others about abuse and neglect, there are a number of other ways in which teachers can serve children living in unstable situations. In this article, the author discusses five things teachers can do for children living in difficult circumstances. These include: (1) be conscious of educational gaps; (2) exercise caution in assigning homework; (3) be on the alert for mental health problems; (4) be vigilant of children who are streetwise or manipulative; and (5) be attentive to other matters.
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Child Safety, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Educational Strategies, At Risk Students, Disadvantaged, Caring
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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