HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the hustle and bustle of starting school again, it may be easy for teachers and other school employees to overlook even the most obvious signs of child abuse. However, it is the first few days back at school that might be the most revealing when it comes to recognizing potential signs of abuse for a child who has spent the past few months in an abusive or neglectful home.
“For employees in school settings, returning to school involves responsibilities beyond getting the classroom and school ready for the children—including being a ‘mandated reporter’ of suspected child abuse,” says Jeanne M. Groeneveld, director of training for the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA).
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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