It is unfortunate, but highly important, that the topic of child maltreatment is discussed. I
think that this is a terrible issue; it is something that is saddening to think about. However, one
must recognize that problems such as this are a reality. In light of this, I believe that it is
important to be well educated on the matter and to know what it is that can be done. In this
manner, we can work towards improving the lives of children who are experiencing
maltreatment. Although the topic of child maltreatment is a sorrowful one, it is better to be well
educated about it that strides might be made towards reducing the occurrence of the act and
helping those children who have been affected by it. In the future, as an elementary school
teacher, I hope to help those children who have been exposed to maltreatment (despite my
strongest hopes that it is a problem I will never have to deal with).
One might encounter several different types of child abuse:
physical abuse, sexual abuse,
sexual exploitation, negligent treatment, and abandonment. (Protecting the abused and neglected
child, 5-7) At the elementary school grade level there are several different indicators one might
After one has noted such indicators it is possible to take action through a report.
Physical abuse can be defined as “non-accidental infliction of physical injury or physical
mistreatment on a child.” (Protecting the abused and neglected child, 5) The indicators for this
type of abuse vary. One common indicator is that of bruises, especially those grouped together or
that resemble the shape of an object that might have been used to cause them.
Another is that of
inhibited movement (raising his or her arms might be difficult or the child may limp for
example). In addition, a child may experience pain and the area may be sensitive to the touch.
Something to consider is injuries that are “inconsistent with normal play” or strange injuries (such
as bite marks, missing clumps of hair, or pain when breathing).(Documenting indicators of child
abuse) Apart from the physical indicators, actions and demeanor of the child serve as a sign as
Depending on the child, some indicators might be unhappiness, lack of cooperation, an
aggressive nature, or careful attention to obedience. (Documenting indicators of child abuse)