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Violent children

Post by Advocate » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:48 pm

I need some advice please. What are an employees' s rights when a child becomes physically violent? There have been incidents where employees have been kicked and slapped across the face ( not just once or twice) by a child . The child also screams at and frightens other children. At what point does the employee have to put their own safety, and safety of the other children , first? Is is not being addressed by managment. Should the employees being injured go the a Doctor & get a WorkCover medical certificate?


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Re: Violent children

Post by Iris2 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:19 pm

Forgive that I am not the most highly qualified person in the industry so my answer may not be 100% correct. All employees and children have a right to safety. Of course, educators are generally trained and experienced to deal with physical aggression of children and to use behaviour management strategies to deal with complex situations. Unfortunately, sometimes management doesn't handle some situations correctly. In hindsight, if the child is beyond educators' control and is a safety risk to others, the parents should be informed and if the situation is bad enough, the parents should be asked to collect the child. Then behaviour management plans should be put in place with conjunction with parents. Unfortunately in extreme cases, as a last resort, a child may unenrolled from the service. We also have a responsibility to maintain the safety of the child who is using physical aggression.

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Re: Violent children

Post by Lorina » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:13 am

I agree with Iris! There is only so much we can handle as Educators and it is our duty of care to keep the children safe as well as look after our own wellbeing. As an absolute last resort, you may have no choice but to remove the child from your service.

Before doing so, you need to make sure all measures are put in place to ensure that you assist and support this child before deciding to remove them from care. This includes a Behaviour Management Plan, getting additional support etc.

You need to find the triggers of the outbursts and then begin implementing ways to stop them from happening. What causes the violence? What is happening just before the child rages? Is the child bored? Is the child over stimulated? Has the child got a developmental delay? There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration before giving up...

This may help:
Behaviour Management Plans

Don't give up on this child just yet, if anyone can make a difference with this child it's you and your team! So, work together and figure out how you're going to help a child who has seemed to lost all self-control of their emotions.

Let me know if you need any further help!

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Lorina

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Re: Violent children

Post by Kohag » Tue Nov 02, 2021 10:24 pm

We need to find out why that child is behaving this way. What makes him aggressive? Anxiety, or the fact that someone used violence on him before that, or even a parent?

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Re: Violent children

Post by Nandy84 » Thu May 19, 2022 8:26 pm

Hello,

Yes, I can totally understand that how much you might have been passed through before you are thinking about your and other children's safety. But I would like to request you to just take some long breaths and take some time out for yourself and forgive the child. Just think, they are so little that they cannot express their anxiety, and depression in a proper way and behave rudely. We are the maker of them. How can we be angry with them? We have to find out rather if the child is going through some underlaying mental stresses? What makes the child behave like this? What's wrong with the child? If we left the kid's hand in the midway who else will hold the little hand? We come with lots of responsibilities. Not only to take care of them. But also to ensure their physical, mental, emotional, and psychological development and well-being. We can not get frustrated, even if we feel low and distressed. So for me just shake off the bitterness and go ahead, try to find out the reason behind the unnatural behaviour. Maybe you can save the child from any mental trauma through which he might be suffering!

All the best!
Thank you
Nandita

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