Who do you Trust With Your Child?

The tragic death of, Tia Sharp, at the hands of of the man she called her ‘granddad’, a man she trusted and stayed with regularly, once again raises the question ‘who do trust with your children?’ Unsafe caregivers include parents, a parent’s partner, relatives, babysitters, teachers and neighbors. The majority of abusers are men; however, women and young people abuse children, too.

Warning signs of an unsafe caregiver:

  • Has problems with anger or is severely impatient when children have tantrums, cry or misbehave.
  • Is violent and/or controlling with their partner (s) or others.
  • Is physically or verbally abusive.
  • Abuses alcohol or other drugs, including Marijuana.
  • Uses prescription medicine that have bad side effects, or make them drowsy.
  • Is not trustworthy for any reason-trust your instincts.
  • Is already stressed.
  • Your child is not happy to see the caregiver, and has become anxious or withdrawn.
  • Is not open about what they did during the time with your child.
  • The child has had multiple accidents that could have been avoided.
  • Your requests are not followed by the caregiver.

A safe caregiver:

  • Has experience caring for babies and young children.
  • Is patient and mature enough to care for a fussy, over-excited or crying baby.
  • Understands that young children must always be watched.
  • Will be only watching your child, or a limited number of children so that each child is given adequate attention.
  • Will never shake, hit, yell at, make fun of, or withhold food from a child as punishment.
  • Does not abuse alcohol or other drugs, carry a weapon, and will not surround a child with others who may be drinking, using or selling drugs, or carrying weapons.
  • Keeps your child clean and safe-accidents are infrequent.
  • Is recommended to have first aid training.
  • Talks to you and asks questions, as necessary-your caregiver should be able to tell you everything your child did and discuss any concerns.
  • Is aware of sleep practices-babies can suffocate if they sleep face-down so they should always be placed in a crib on his/her back with no blankets, crib bumpers, toys, or pillows that might interfere with breathing.
  • Is aware of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Please consider these simple warning signs, and tips before deciding on a caregiver for your child. Think before you trust. A little planning could save a child from getting hurt. Information taken from an article written by ChildLine, UK.


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