How To Prevent A Protective Services Worker From Knocking On Your Door
Never, never, never, never, ever shake a baby.
Shaking a baby can cause permanent brain damage, blindness, even death. Remember, when your baby is crying take a break, don’t shake.
Do not punish your children with switches, belts, hose pipes, fly swatters or electrical cords.
These things will hurt your child. They will most always leave a mark. If you do chose to spank your child, only do so on their bottom with the open palm of your hand. You do not want to injure the child. Never spank a child when you are angry. Instead, try time out or take away toys, TV, video games, or computer.
Children do need discipline and limits. Don’t be too wishy-washy, too strict, or too easy. Make sure that you are clear with your child about what you expect from them. Be consistent with your expectations.
Make sure children have appropriate supervision.
Many terrible things can happen in the space of a few minutes when there is no responsible adult around to respond to an emergency. If you do leave your children with a baby sitter make sure that person will keep them safe. Older children left in charge of younger children should know who to call in case of an emergency. If you must leave your child alone, know your child’s maturing level. Never leave a child 6 or under alone.
Do your best to keep your child clean.
Make sure your child does not have a bad smell about their body. Other children will make fun of and tease or stay away from children who smell bad. The important thing is to make sure that your child always looks clean and cared for.
Always feed your child.
If you have a limited income request that your child is placed on the free lunch program at school. You may also be eligible for Food Assistance through Social Work Services. There are many community services available to help you to supply your family with food and to help you prepare balanced meals.
Do not allow anyone to physically harm your child.
If anyone hurts your child immediately call the police to file a complaint.
Be sure to provide medical and dental care for your children.
If you have no money for medical or dental care, consult the Social Work Services or the Department of Health about possible sources of assistance. Follow the orders of the doctor or dentist and make sure to give any medicine that is prescribed.
Do not get drunk, take illegal drugs, misuse prescribed drugs, or be involved in any illegal activities in the presence of your children.
Parents, or anyone else providing care, should always be sober and clear thinking when they are with children. Never give or allow anyone else to give your child drugs or alcohol.
Communicate and be involved with your child’s school.
Respond to notes that are sent home from the school. The school teacher, principal or guidance counselor should always make to listen to your concerns. Staying involved and in touch with the school supports your child’s education.
Adults should never fight in front of their children.
There should never be physical fighting in front of the children, around the children, or that the children are aware of. Do your best not to call each other names or verbally argue in front of your children.
Ask for help when you need it.
Talk to someone you can trust. Call Social Work Services (250-5500) or 211 (252-4357) to find out how to access services that might help you.