abused children at school

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How does abuse affect the child's preformance at school?

-- Melanie Marshall (marsmom6@juno.com), April 20, 2001


Hello, I'm from Brazil. I'd like to Know how can I do as a teacher if I face that in my class there is a student whith suspect of domestic violence My best regards,

-- Francine Landim Meireles (francinelandim@nipnet.com.br), August 22, 2003.

I don't know what the legal situation is in your country,but in many countries the law states that if you become aware of certain kinds of abuse then you must report it . Many schools have procedures for reporting this abuse eg. first to the principal then to a board of management etc. In some cases it will be claimed that by not reporting the abuse you yourself are guilty of concealing it. On the other hand in many cases if you report abuse you will not be allowed to speak to the child again because a skillful defence lawyer can claim that by talking to the child you "tainted" the evidence. In many cases the health authorities are so overloaded that it may be months before the child is helped and again you posibly will not be allowed to talk to the child. What may happen is that the child may be left in a state of 'suspended animation' of not being helped by anybody and not allowed to talk to you and you may well be the only point of security the child has. I think it would be helpful to find out just what does happen when a report is made and then decide what you think is best for the child in question, because in the end that is all that really matters.

-- ken lyons (kenlyon@gofree.indigio.ie), September 05, 2003.


This is Francine from Brazil. I'd like to thank you for your reply. It was very kind and helpful of you. my best regards, Francine

-- Francine Landim (francinelandim@nipnet.com.br), September 19, 2003.

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