NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ945691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Suspected Child Maltreatment: Recognize and Respond
Kemple, Kristen Mary; Kim, Hae Kyoung
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v39 n2 p3-11 2011
Early childhood educators spend extensive amounts of time with young children, so they are often the first adults to notice signs that a child may be abused or neglected. All educators are required by law to report suspected maltreatment, and can play an important role in preventing and responding to abuse and neglect of young children. What is important to know before and after reporting? How can maltreatment be prevented? How can teachers assure that maltreated children are safe and secure? Educators have the professional responsibility to know the signs of possible maltreatment, document observations, report suspected maltreatment, and plan strategies to teach in physically and psychologically safe classrooms. While children who have suffered maltreatment will need long-term support and truly nurturing relationships, all teachers can become primary prevention agents. (Contains 4 tables.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A