Child physical abuse has been affecting children and their later lives development and the community negatively in the society. The number of physically abused children has remained high both at the domestic and institutional level globally. Physical abuse of a child may include severe beatings, strangulation, burns, biting and scalding which results to welts, scars, bruises, broken bones or serious injuries to a child of less than 18 years of age (Emily, 2006).
The abuse is mostly done by parents or other individuals who have legal responsibility on the child’s care by inflicting or allowing the child to be inflicted by with the physical injuries other than accidental means. Besides affecting the child both physically and psychologically, it has far reaching impacts to the society as the children form the future leaders and citizens. Personal issues vs. institutional policies. Majority of physical abuse arise as a result of personal issues of the parents or the caregivers to the child/ children.
Work related problems, marital problems, poverty, and drugs abuse have been cited as the major reasons underlying the mistreatments. Though institutional policies strongly condemn all forms of abuse to the children, they have strongly been loopholed with poor reporting and appreciating mechanisms for detecting abused children. There is strong privacy intrusion and reported harassment when seeking information about abuses.
Strong institutional policies should assist in checking and setting the correct stage for condemning and reducing children rights abuse. With children dying on a daily basis in US, it has been estimated that 14% of all the abused children will later repeat the same offense, while 9% more are likely to be involved with criminal activities severally in their lifetime (Harold, 2008). The US Department of Social Services has established an investigating program for assessing and ensuring that all the children remain open and free of to report abuse.
A children hot line links the National Clearing House on Child Abuse with all the major states for fast and effective response. Majority of different countries also have various institutional laws at the government as well as the grassroots levels in schools and children care centers (Emily, 2006). However, they are poorly executed in many countries like India, Sudan, Vietnam, Austria, Thailand and Democratic republic of Congo.
As a result the abuse levels has risen sharply and deeply enshrined into their systems as it recurs from generation to generation. Assisting students and families address the issues. Understanding that majority of the abuses arise from the personal and institutional level, students and families require ensuring that the vice is fully eliminated from the society. Families and guardians should establish a strong communication bond with their children at all levels for easier problem solving.
Forums for the parents and guardians should be heightened with strong reference to the short term and long term impacts of physically abusing the children (Harold, 2008). An extended capacity building forums should also be established in major institutions for assisting students to assume better discipline in their activities both in and out of the institutions. All the students should be educated on the definitions and delineations of physical abuse as precautionary factors for avoiding and preventing recurrence.
To avoid future repetition of the same acts of abuse, strong counseling especially for the students should be instituted with a clear follow up and monitoring system. One third of the abused students usually tend to repeat the horrible cycle of abuse and are 2. 5 times likely to abuse drugs in their lives (Lisa, 2008). Besides, the caregivers and the parents should also be made to understand that physical abuse is a criminal activity that leads to serious legal implications.