A Case of Child Abuse and the Necessity of Reporting to the Child Protection Agencies

A Case of Child Abuse and the Necessity of Reporting to the Child Protection Agencies

ACase of Child Abuse and the Necessity of Reporting to the ChildProtection Agencies


ACase of Child Abuse and the Necessity of Reporting to the ChildProtection Agencies

Childrenneglect or abuse has become a common and serious problem in theUnited States. According to a report that was released by the worldhealth organization, more than three million kids are abused orneglected by their parents. Additionally, half of the reported casesthat were confirmed were substantiated on the day of closing thecase. Moreover, it is evident that there are vast numbers of childrenor elderly people who are suffering from trauma and shows disordersor psychiatric symptoms due to abuse or neglect. Children, who areabused or neglected experience stress disorders, engage in drugs andsubstance abuse, sexual behavior problems, self-mutilation, andlearning disorders for the abused children. Schmeidelet al. (2012) affirm that the issue of children abuse in the UnitedStates is associated with rapidly increased cases of violence inmarriages or families that subject the child to be victims ofviolence. Consequently, the issue of child abuse or neglect hasbecome a major concern in the public healthcare because it affectboth the child’s quality of life and the enormously make the livingstandards of the society involved expensive. As a result, it isparamount to review various cases that include child abuse anddetermine its psychiatric and the general impact created in healthand whether the case need to be reported to the child protectiveservices (CPS).

Samanthais a young female aged five years who had experienced child abusesince when she three years after the father separated with hermother. Samantha was left to stay with her dad who was a taxi driverand was away from home most of the time. Consequently, becauseSamantha stayed with a single parent, she was subjected to childmistreatment. Moreover, she has experienced physical abuse,educational neglect, emotional neglect, and it is alleged that herfather abuse her sexually. According to a report that was given bySchmeidelet al. (2012),single parent, especially single fathers, physically abused theirchildren approximately 75 percent as compared to the woman. AfterSamantha`s father was interviewed, he denied the charges but saidthat inadequate financial support, emotional, and low social stressaggravated his maltreatment to her daughter. On the other hand, shewas locked inside the house by the father thus denying the right toplay and exercise. This was clear evidence that Samantha facedphysical abuse from his father making their relationship to beworsened.

Thecase above presents an ethical issue that is mandated to reportingthe case to the American government, or the Child Protective Services(CPS) to protect the young female from child abuse and neglect.Firstly, Samantha is very young to stay in the house alone while hisfather is outside working as a driver. Secondly, every child has theright to play and engage in exercises together with other children(Coreyet al., 2014).However, Samantha’s father denied her this right because he lockedher inside the house when going to work. As a result, Samanthaexperienced physical and emotional abuse that subjects her to illhealth. The physical abuse experienced by Samantha is profoundbecause she had no one to cook for her also referred to asnutritional neglect. According to Zeranski &amp Halgin (2011), it isa crime to abuse both the minor and the elderly either physically oremotionally. Consequently, Samantha’s father should be apprehendedto the right authority for questioning or punishment because ofabusing a minor.

Personally,I would report this matter to the police and government agencies thathandle child abuse or neglect cases and spearhead the mandatedreporting law that was established by physicians who noticed theexistence of battered child syndrome in the abuse children. This isbecause, us a nursing practitioner, I should be in the front line toprotect children from physical, emotional, and sexual mistreatmentfrom the adults. Consequently, I will take Samantha’s caseseriously and take the required measures such as carrying outclinical tests to determine whether her father abused her sexually.Additionally, I would report this matter so that Samantha can besubjected to psychological counseling.

Thedecision for reporting the matter will be accelerated by the factthat the minor required immediate help especially the physical andemotional support. Additionally, it is crucial to counsel the minorto avoid future devastating consequences such as poor performance inschool, mental health problem, or physical behaviors such aswithdrawal from the social groups, language motor (especially becauseshe alone in the house most of the time), or poor socializationskills. Additionally, according to Producer (2010), most of thepsychiatric symptoms of child abuse are linked to disorders such astrauma, post-traumatic disorder, and depression, engaging insubstance abuse, or even committing suicide. Reporting the matter tothe state government and other child protection agencies will createa chance to help Samantha from undergoing through stress, trauma, oreven depression in her later life. Moreover, reporting this matterwill be in support of the child abuse prevention and treatment Act of1974 that demands reporting of a child abused. Additionally, the Actrequired that the States government and the legislation shouldinvestigate ant reported case of abuse as the primary step ofprotecting the children from abuse or neglect.


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