Discuss about the Child and Elderly Abuse Assessment.
The girl Jane is on the verge of being an adult as she is seventeen years and ten months old. She has been living in foster care from the age of ten. Before she came to the foster care, she was constantly abused and neglected by her own family members (Read and Bentall 2012). Due to this incident, she faced many negative outcomes in her life like learning management difficulty and self-harm.
The victim has been the subject of abuse from the early childhood. Some studies showed that the child’s age has a direct effect with neglect and maltreatment. If a child became sexually abused very early in life, he or she is more likely to suffer from problems. Jane had the same condition. Because of this, Jane developed some issues like learning difficulties and self-harm. Just as most of the survivors, Jane has also experienced extreme emotional turbulence, which led her to feel shame and self-blame (Read and Bentall 2012).
As it is been studied that the woman survivor with emotional problem always remains at risk of being a victim as they suffer from low self-esteem. Jane should attend counseling with a recommended therapist thrice a week and follow the prescription of the doctor. Her foster parents should have also been supportive to her. The foster parents should start trusting her with some responsible job. This will make her to be self-sufficient. This small steps are necessary to make her independent and self sufficient (Karakurt and Silver 2014).
A social worker, a psychiatrist and a nurse who has previously worked with many of the child abuse victims can confirm the assessment.
The girl, Jane is barely an adult, with low self-esteem and learning disabilities management. The girl also has a history of self-harm. If she starts staying independently and experiences failure in life; this will led her to anxiety and may be even suicide. The girl is still not financially independent, and has learning disability. She may not be able to manage the pressure (Karakurt and Silver 2014).
Jane will need help from a psychiatrist who might prescribe her with drugs if needed. Counseling her is a necessary step.
According to the attachment theory, a child has a natural inclination of being emotionally attach with others, which helps them to survive. A child becomes emotionally attached with his or her family members at first. The emotional bond with the family members and the others helps the child to survive. As a child, Jane has suffered with negligence and physical abuse from her nearest family members. This led her to have dysfunctional attachment with her family members. When she was finally put into foster care, she still could not make emotional relationship with them. She always thought that she is alone in this world. This insecure pattern of attachment leads her to have low self-esteem and anxiety.
It can be concluded that Jane is now not fit to be independent due to her low self-esteem, financial dependence and learning disabilities.
I would first carry out a thorough enquiry about the current condition of the Tony’s family and talk with the principal to collect the information about Tony’s family and the type of maltreatment that both Tony and his grandmother are undergoing. Taking to Mary and Tony would help me to understand the extent of the unhealthy condition of the family. The change in the behavior of Tony is also indicative and helps me to predict that Tony is being abused and urge him to take required measurement (Van der Kolk 2017).
I would first observe the incidents, and then I will carry out an enquiry thoroughly to be confirmed about the incidents. Then I would consult with the principal, teachers as well as with Tony. The next step that I would take is to contact the regional child protection office and the local government services and give him the report that I collected. It would be my duty to inform that Tony is in a risk of significant harm. Then I would ensure that Tony gets the proper help and protection from the regional child protection and provide them all the necessary documents management that is required as an evidence (George, and Ferraro 2015).
The elderly are exploited and can be exploited in a number of ways. Tony’s grandmother is also suffering from elderly abuse by her son. I would take steps to protect Tony’s grandmother from any further abuse by her son. I would discuss this matter with an attorney or a trusted friend. I would also proceed to take a legal help and inform the personnel the entire incident. I would also provide Tony’s grandmother some information and her action, which would be helpful to her when she would face abuse again. I would also call for help and report the information that I collected from the enquiry and I would continue to maintain a contact with her to protect her from any further harm (Eastman, 2013).
It is my legal duty to inform the local child protection agency about the undergoing abuse. The legislations that include the child protection are divided into two laws, which include civil law and criminal law. I would try to take measures by utilizing these laws and protect Tony from any further significant risks. Tony’s grandmother was harmed physically, which is a criminal offence. I would follow this law and report to the social service providers. It is my crucial duty to inform the details of her condition. This law provides the power to have an easy access to talk with the victim and ensure her safety from any further harm (Cukovic-Bagic et al. 2013).
The Principal of the school was worried about the child Tony and his family situation. As Tony’s father has committed a criminal offence by hitting Mary, the social service providers have to take him into custody. Tony and his grandmother should attend counseling session with a psychiatrist. This will help the child and the grandmother to grow back their lost self-esteem (George, and Ferraro 2015).
I think Mary is emotionally dependent on Tony’s father. Because of this, Tony’s father has taken them for granted and has been abusing them for money. I personally think that Tony’s father should be taken into custody. As Tony’s family has a history of drug abuse, his father also might have an addiction or can have multiple addictions. Tony’s grandmother just have Tony with her with no support, she thinks her son can provide the support to her and Tony. I would think of another way, which is to evaluate his history of drug abuse. If he turned out to be an addict, I will help the family to enroll him to a rehab service.(Cukovic-Bagic et al. 2013).
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