Assignment #1 – Child Abuse & Confidentiality Related to Communicable Diseases

First, read the following articles on laws related to child abuse and confidentiality related to communicable diseases. You will be asked to respond to several questions related to abuse and then to determine what you should do for each of five scenarios related to abuse. You will be focusing on physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse. You will determine if the scenario is normal or reflects a potential abuse issue and, if so, which kind(s) and what you should do. You should do the following:

Read the following appropriate laws and commentary listed below.

Now answer these questions:

What are the requirements for reporting abuse in Florida?
What are the requirements related to confidentiality of records and universal precautions related to bodily fluids?
What is child maltreatment?
What is a mandated reporter?
What is the probability that a child is telling the truth (from 0% to 100%) if she or he talks about being abused? Explain.
What are some indicators that you should be suspicious of abuse?
What are some of the most common signs of each of the forms of abuse?
What do you do when you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring?

Determine what you would do in one of the following scenarios. Some possible responses include: ignoring the situation since it is normal, seeking the advice of your colleagues in the preprofessional teachers lounge, lecturing the class as a whole on how they should be kind to each other, discussing the situation with the school guidance counselor, nurse, or a building administrator, calling the office, and calling the state’s abuse hotline. You may think of others.

Scenario 1. Eleven-year-old Kevin was absent for several days, then returned to school. When you asked for a note from his parents to excuse his absence, he repeatedly replied that he had forgotten it. Finally, one of his friends, Billy, stayed after class and confided in you that Kevin’s parents had thrown him out of their house. After Kevin had spent several days in the streets, Billy’s mother learned of his situation and was allowing Kevin to stay at Billy’s house.

Scenario 2. Until recently sixteen-year-old Heather has been a quiet student. Suddenly she seems to have trouble sitting still, and even though she volunteers to answer questions her answers are rambling and disjointed. One day her nose starts to bleed in class and some of the other students inexplicably laugh at this.

Scenario 3. You have known thirteen-year-old Greg since he was a toddler. Until a move several years ago, you lived in the same neighborhood as his family. The first time you encountered Greg in middle school you were shocked. The clean-cut, polite youngster that you had known had become a long, greasy haired teenager who would not look you in the eye when he spoke to you and answered questions in surly monosyllables.

Scenario 4. You are a male teacher, and are very careful not to touch any student inappropriately. You accidentally brush against fourteen-year-old Shelly as you walk by her, and she jumps. You reach out to steady her by taking hold of her arm, and she flinches and looks nervous. After class, when the students are leaving, you casually apologize to Shelly for startling her. She blurts out that she knows a girl who was hit by her father and that her friend’s situation is making her jumpy.

Respond to one of the above scenarios here. Explain your rationale for any option(s) you select.

Tell which scenario you are responding to and put your response to Scenario 1, 2, 3, or 4 here.
Now create your own scenario. Be creative! Then determine the appropriate response(s) that the teacher would make in this scenario that you have created.

The paper is to be clear and concise.
The paper is to include the answers to the questions, the response to the chosen scenario, and the rationale and response of your own.
Be sure to use the current APA style when citing one of the sources, include in-text citations and a reference page.

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