Charleston Daycare, School, and Childcare Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Children are among the most vulnerable members of our society. Abuse or neglect at a school or daycare can result in physical or emotional trauma to the child and a loss of trust by the parents. These facilities are governed by detailed laws and regulations designed to protect children. When they fail to follow these rules, serious consequences can result. If your child has suffered abuse or neglect at a daycare, school or other childcare provider, you should speak with one of our attorneys at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about the options available to you.
Daycare / Childcare / School
A full third of infants and toddlers in this country participate in some form of out of home daycare or other organized childcare. The vast majority of children are placed in public or private schools by age six. Working parents who do not have the luxury of nannies or other family members to provide care for their children in their homes must rely upon these daycare providers, childcare providers, and schools to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. This requires a great deal of trust by the parents and places an enormous responsibility on the providers. When this trust is breached through instances of abuse or neglect, it can result in significant physical and/or emotional harm.
Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Leaving your child at a daycare center can be difficult on its own, but the thought that your kid could ever face emotional or physical abuse while there is almost unthinkable. Cases of daycare abuse are serious and parents should handle them immediately, but parents are often unable to determine whether their child is mistreated. Children are constantly growing and changing their behaviors, so it can be difficult to know whether something abnormal is happening in your child’s life. To help, here are some signs of daycare abuse to notice.
Are they happy when you drop them off?
All children are different. Some kids have severe separation anxiety, while others never experience it at all. Both can be normal, but sudden changes in behavior are what you should notice. The important sign to watch out for is if their behavior relates to daycare specifically and whether or not a pattern forms. If your child is old enough, be sure to ask questions to determine whether something negative is happening. They could be feeling anger at an individual at the daycare center or acting fearful and aggressive rather than just upset.
Do they speak positively about the daycare workers? Do they mention improper actions?
Listening to your child is extremely important. Young children in particular will be honest, so don’t be afraid to ask them directly what happens while you’re not around. Also, pay attention to what your child isn’t saying. Children become more independent when they get older, but if your kid suddenly withdraws from you, it may indicate they are hiding something. Children don’t like to keep secrets from their parents, so any signs of guilt should also be a red flag that something more is going on.
Do they show sudden physical changes?
Officials should investigate obvious signs of physical harm immediately, especially for young children who are not mobile. Kids who run and play can be injured easily, so it can be difficult to tell what injuries are caused by accidents and what could be something more. Repeated injuries should be cause for alarm, particularly if your child is unable to explain where they came from. Additionally, if your child complains of stomachaches, headaches, or has a sudden loss of appetite with no known medical cause, then you may have cause to investigate further.
Effects of Abuse and Neglect
Abuse and neglect can lead to a variety of results for children and their families. The physical effects are obvious. While young children may be spared the mental and emotional trauma that these incidents can lead to, older children can carry with them the effects of abuse and neglect for years. This can lead to mental and emotional issues, ranging from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to anxiety to depression. Appropriate evaluation and treatment by mental health professionals is often required.
Consult with a Daycare Abuse and Neglect Attorney in Charleston
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at a daycare, school, or by any other childcare provider, you should speak with one of our attorneys about the legal options available to you and your family. To speak with a dedicated attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about your situation, please call our offices today at (843) 720-0810.The inclusion of specific practice areas on the Clawson & Staubes: Injury Group website is informational in nature and is not an exhaustive listing of the areas of law in which the attorneys at Clawson and Staubes practice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to compare the type or quality of our services to the type or quality of any other lawyer or law firm’s services or to imply specialization or certification by any organization not previously approved by the South Carolina or North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.