Spotting physical abuse and safeguarding children from it is much simpler than spotting emotional abuse children go through.
First, teachers must know their students well, their emotional abilities, behaviour and responses in various situations. Once teachers see every child and their peculiarities, it is easy to spot unusual behaviour. Emotional abuse can take a toll on children; without providing the right help or creating an environment devoid of emotional abuse, children may have difficulty building meaningful relationships for the rest of their lives.
Actions and inactions of teachers, family, neighbours, and other students can cause emotional abuse to a child. Teachers need to be mindful of the behaviour change in their students to be able to provide the necessary help they need. For some children, these are things that can cause emotional abuse to them:
Any action that makes a child feel intimidated, coerced or harassed can be a source of emotional distress to children.
Overprotection by parents, use of threats by siblings, teachers of other students, humiliation from teachers or mates, bullying by their mates, and swearing or verbal abuse by relatives or teachers can significantly impact a child’s emotions.
When children feel abandoned or receive Threats of harm from family or mates, inappropriate expectations of children and a child witnessing or hearing the abuse or ill-treatment of others can wreak emotional havoc on children.
Early years consultancy agency like Quint Education ensures that teachers are fully knowledgeable or can spot emotional abuse in their students to safeguard them or provide the help they need.
While teachers may not be aware of children’s experiences at home or out of their sight, teachers can notice emotional abuse by the following signals:
Concerning interactions with parents, Signs of distress, anger, and tearfulness can indicate emotional abuse. Teachers should not overlook a child’s Lack of self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy. Sudden speech disorder, Change of appetite or an eating disorder, and possibly Self-harm. Teachers are to observe, record and report these signals to the right personnel to help with the child’s needs.
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