If you find out that your child has been a victim of daycare abuse, the first thing you need to do is contact the authorities. Any child who is in an abusive situation is in danger. The most important thing you can do is make certain that all of the children are taken out of that dangerous situation.
Suspicions and Confirmations
Sometimes parents have suspicions that daycare abuse is going on long before it is discovered. In other situations, parents may not suspect that there is daycare abuse going on at all until it is discovered due to a specific incident.
There are some signs that parents should look for that might indicate that there is an abusive situation going on in the child’s daycare. For example, if the child seems very disturbed about going to daycare, there may be a very good reason for that beyond separation anxiety. If the child seems afraid of other children, it may be the case that bullying is going on at the daycare and that nobody is trying to intervene on your child’s behalf.
In some cases, daycare workers are simply negligent but not specifically abusive. For example, they may fail to provide children with adequate supervision, which can lead to problems with discipline and, of course, which can lead to injury and abusive relationships between the children themselves. Daycare workers may also fail to give children enough attention during the day, so that children are simply left to their own devices.
There are occasions where parents will discover that a person who is actually abusive has found employment at the daycare and that they have begun to abuse children at that daycare. With better background checking techniques, it has become more difficult for predators to go from daycare to daycare abusing children. It still happens, however, and parents need to make certain that they use a daycare service that does adequate background checking.
If you discover daycare abuse, contact a daycare abuse attorney. After the abuse has been put to a halt, the daycare abuse attorney may be able to help you put together a lawsuit to go after the daycare provider for damages. The damages may cover the costs of your child’s medical expenses, finding another daycare center and pay for the pain and suffering your child endured. Speaking to a lawyer about the matter needs to be done quickly, as there are time limits on how long you have to act.