If you are a working parent with children below school-age, you may be utilizing a daycare to keep your children safe during the day. When you consider that one-third of toddlers and infants are enrolled in some form of daycare in the U.S., you will see that this is common. While you want to believe your children are always safe and under the best care, it does not hurt to be wary of childcare abuse.
Childcare facilities are governed by strict laws to keep children safe, but this does not mean that abuse does not occur. When abuse or negligence does occur, it can have devastating effects on the child. According to The National Academies Press, the consequences of childcare abuse can result in negative effects on the child’s development – physically, psychologically, cognitively and behaviorally. These affects can stay with the child throughout their entire life.
It is important to be aware of the signs of child abuse and neglect. According to Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, some signs to look for are unexplained or repeated minor injuries, major injuries, bruises, cuts, or swelling. They also suggest speaking with your children regularly about their daycare experience and listen to any concerns they may voice. Notice if they are happy when you drop them off and if they speak positively about their care providers.
If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing abuse, you may want to consider contacting a child protection agency, removing your child from the services, seeking counseling, and getting in contact with a childcare abuse and neglect attorney.