The Importance Of Child Abuse For Children

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On a daily basis, the safety and well-being of many children across Trinidad and Tobago are being threatened by child abuse (Perrault, 2011). Child abuse is a broad term which encompasses physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, commercial exploitation and neglect. The United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defines child abuse as “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse”. (UNCRC, Article 19, 1989). It is important to increase the knowledge and awareness of abuse and the rights of the child among children, parents, and those who work in close proximity to children so children can be nurtured in positive and healthy environments.
Human Service Organisations are tasked with providing services that address a particular need with the expressed aim of transforming lives (Patti, 2009). Using people as raw material sets these organisations apart from other agencies (Hasenfield, 2010). While facts surrounding child abuse and neglect cases are grim, human service organisations provide several interventions opportunities for children. However, a tool is needed to refine the work they do and thereby begin a cycle of continuing development and greater success. One such tool is process evaluation which has been recognised by funders, policymakers, and service providers in the functioning of human service organisations. Process evaluation is a method of
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