The problem of physical and/or psychological violence against children remains a major social problem that needs to be addressed with available resources. In a time of social media and mass globalization, increasingly domestic violence cases are becoming publicized. Therefore, as a member of today’s generation of young people, I am well aware of how serious the consequences can be for children who are systematically exposed to violence. In this case, the response of social service agencies to the problem is of particular sensitivity. It should be noted that cruelty against a child can manifest itself not only through direct violence. Lack of primary care, whether it be feeding, a warm bed, and good clothes, is also evidence of inadequate care for the child.
Generally, in closed families, it is rare to report abuse or neglect by parents or caregivers. The child may be too young or frightened to report to the police, and the parents may be disinterested. Therefore, it is not uncommon for daycare providers, teachers, or babysitters to be critical informants who notice a child’s deviant behavior or bruising (Betz, 2019). In this case, according to the textbook, Canadian social welfare conducts a thorough assessment of the veracity of the concerned persons’ doubts about the child’s living conditions in the home. A procedural case — which could include either placing that family on a registry up to and including termination of parental rights — is only explored when the child’s living and well-being conditions are found to be below the minimum. Although the Canadian child welfare system is strategically important, it must be emphasized that, according to the textbook, it remains incomplete and requires reform.
Betz, A. (2019). What it means that teachers are mandated reporters. EC. Web.