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Child Abuse: The Evil Lurking Behind Every Door

Remember, child abuse of any kind is an evil force and we must ensure that our children are protected and empowered against it under all circumstances.

Also Read: Your Child is Vulnerable. Protect Him/Her from Abuse


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Shobhika Jaju is a NET qualified psychologist who would love to be reborn as a shrink every single time. She is the founder of Silver Linings: Guidance & Counselling Centre, in South Goa, & hence is effectively putting her love for psychotherapy & her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology to good use. Shobhika also works at Little’s School, Fatorda (Goa) & writes for several print and online media on a regular basis. She facilitates workshops on topics promoting personal enhancement & spreading mental health awareness. She is affiliated to the American Psychological Association, Bombay Psychological Association, Goa Psychological Association & the Movement for Global Mental Health. Her website can be accessed at silverliningsgoa.com.

4 thoughts on “Child Abuse: The Evil Lurking Behind Every Door

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Thank you Shobhika. This is an important topic on which no amount of discussion is too much. After all, children cannot stop the abuse, only adults can! At ParentEdge, we have focused a lot on the problem of child abuse and you’ll see many blogs on our site on this issue. The Cover Story in the January 2015 issue of the magazine was on Child Abuse and I would encourage every parent to read it – it lists signs of abuse, tips on how to protect your child against abuse, even more important – how to empower them against abuse. What you can do if you suspect your child is being abused, etc. The article has tips and advice from counsellors, social worker and parents as well.

    We also organised an online expert session on Child Abuse in our parenting forum some time ago, anchored by Ratnesh Mathur,Founder of amable. The discussions, questions and answers can be read here: http://parentedge.in/parenting-forum/#scrollback

    1. shobhika jaju

      Kritika, you have rightly pointed out that Child abuse is an important topic on which no amount of discussion is enough. We need to spread awareness about this rampant evil across all strata of society and platforms such as Parent Edge are taking a right step forward in doing so. Thanks :)

  2. Angela Roeber

    Thank you Shobhika. I work for Project Harmony, a Child Advocacy Center, in Omaha Neb. Below is a press release I recently sent out related to this very topic. Feel free to use/publish – acknowledging Project Harmony.

    Do You Know Who Is Watching Your Baby?
    September is Baby Safety Awareness Month

    Omaha, NE. – September has been designated Baby Safety Month each year with the intention of educating parents and caregivers on safeguarding against hidden hazards in the home. Some of these hazards include loose change on the coffee table, magnets on a refrigerator, and hot mugs. While these are important reminders for the safety of all infants and toddlers, Project Harmony would like to remind new and expecting parents of the importance in thorough background screenings for all childcare providers, including in-home care providers and nannies.

    Thorough background checks are often overlooked, or taken for granted. Parents expect their children to be safe in child care. Child safety is listed as the top indicator that parents look for when choosing a child care provider. But while a safe facility and any safety training and education completed are important, a background check can verify that the person watching your child is trustworthy.

    A background screening is more than just checking a resume or contacting a list of references. A good background check will:
    • Verify name, current address and social security number
    • Search criminal records using the person’s name, aliases or other names in the past, in addition to the maiden name of female applicants.
    • Review the person’s driving record.
    • Check court records.
    • Check national sex offender records.
    • Confirm college or other educational degrees

    Federal law requires that all states have policies in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care programs. Parents should ask if background checks are utilized for all daycare providers/staff (including the director, cooks, volunteers, van drivers, custodians, etc.) and, if so, what type of background check is conducted and how often.

    If hiring a personal nanny and/or babysitter, don’t be afraid to ask for a background check. Any employer would ask, and expect, the same when considering an applicant for hire. There are several background check services to choose from, but eNannySource has been recognized by Business News Daily as the best background check service for household employees based on service and affordability. Packages range from $19 to $89. Reports are provided as a PDF document and are easy to read as well as understand.

    “Keep in mind, having a clean background doesn’t prevent something bad from happening,” says Project Harmony Executive Director Gene Klein. “It does, however, help to lessen the risk of a known criminal having close contact with your child.”

    To learn more about background check regulations in your area, visit ChildCareAware.org.

    Project Harmony is a nonprofit, community-based organization that has served more than 25,000 children during the past 19 years by providing a child friendly environment in which specially-trained professionals work together to assess, investigate, and resolve child abuse cases. In one centralized location, Project Harmony co-houses with Omaha Police Department Child Victim/Sexual Assault Unit and Nebraska Health & Human Services/Child Protection Service Initial Assessment and Child Abuse Hotline. Project Harmony exists to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect.

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    1. shobhika jaju

      Thank you for the information Angela. It is heartening to know that people are talking about Child Abuse and taking steps to ensure that our children are protected from opportunists.


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