Child Abuse and Neglect - Treatment Overview
Early treatment gives an abused or neglected child the best chance for recovery.
Treatment for the child
The first step is to provide a safe
environment to prevent further harm. The sooner this happens, the better the child's chance for physical and emotional recovery. This includes separating the child,
as well as any other children in the household, from the person suspected of abuse.
Any physical injuries will be treated, either in a hospital or at a doctor's office, depending on how serious they are.
always recommended for abused or neglected children. It usually focuses on:
- How they feel about
- Their past experiences.
- Fears and concerns
they may have about the present and future.
young children, counseling may involve
Treatment for parents or caregivers
caregivers who have abused or neglected a child also need treatment. The type
of treatment depends on the specific abuse that occurred.
Some people need to learn more
about how to raise and care for children. Others may need treatment for
other serious problems, such as:
Parents who have lost custody of their children can sometimes
regain it. It depends on how bad the abuse or neglect
was and how far they have come in realizing what their problems are and how to prevent them.
cases, the parent can see the child only when someone else is present. Sometimes
a judge permanently ends the parent-child relationship.