South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Child Abuse”

Child development and trauma guide

For Teachers

This guide has been prepared because of the importance of professionals in the Family Services, Child Protection and Placement and Support areas understanding the typical developmental pathways of children and the typical indicators of trauma at differing ages and stages.

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Child physical abuse: Understanding and responding

For Students, Teachers, Workers

This booklet has been developed for professionals whose work brings them into contact with children and who are required by law to report child physical abuse. It contains information concerning: Definitions; Indicators; Effects; Legislation; How to report child physical abuse; and how to help and protect children who have been...

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Children and trauma

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Coping with disaster and trauma: children’s reactions

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Defining and identifying child abuse

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet examines how to identify child abuse including indicators of harm, consequences of harm and how to act upon child abuse concerns.

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Helping the child victim of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Teachers

A fact sheet about how to help a child victim of sexual assault.

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If you think a child is being sexually assaulted

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

In 85% of child sexual assault cases, the child knows the perpetrator. Most child sexual assault takes place in the home of the child. (NSW Commission for Children and Young People, 2009).

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Providing support to vulnerable children and families

For Teachers

This guide is for registered school teachers or principals in Victoria, about their role in ensuring that vulnerable children are protected and supported.

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Recognising abuse and neglect

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet lists the indicators of child physical abuse, emtional abuse and neglect. Singly and more often in combination they can alert us to the possibility of sexual abuse and the need for further investigation.

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Teachers & mandatory reporting

For Teachers

The obligations and responsibilities of schools and school principals and teachers for identifying and responding to child abuse and neglect including allegations of sexual abuse are described in the Victorian Government School Policy and Advisory Guide

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Teachers frequently asked questions

For Teachers

A guide for teachers that covers common questions such as 'what do to if a child discloses?', how to help a child and talking about secrets.

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Trauma responses in children

For Family & Friends, Teachers

It can often be very difficult to recognise whether or not a child is being abused, both for parents and for professionals.

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Types of child abuse

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Child abuse is an act by parents or caregivers which endangers a child or young person's physical or emotional health or development. Child abuse is not usually a single incident, but takes place over time.

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