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October 31, 2012

What exactly is considered child abuse or neglect?
By: Nikki Cheskie – MCC Elementary Mental Health Coordinator

Children in our society come to school with many outside life circumstances that can impact their ability to learn and achieve academically.

One of the most difficult and heartbreaking of these issues is when students suffer child abuse or neglect. Although we would like to believe that these types of things do not happen on our small rural communities, the frequency with which they occur would surprise many.

What exactly is considered child abuse or neglect? Child neglect occurs when a child’s caregiver fails to provide the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical or mental health care, or appropriate supervision. Neglect is also defined as failing to protect a child from dangerous conditions or actions, or failing to take steps to ensure that a child is educated according to the law. Exposing a child to certain drugs during pregnancy and causing emotional harm to a child may also be considered neglect.

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