This research will begin with the statement that children need to be protected from any and all forms of abuse. It is evident from research carried out by different studies that most children are often exposed to one form of abuse or another at some point in their lives. In order to safeguard and protect the growth and development of a child, it is crucial to ensure that the environment in which they are exposed to is free from any and all forms of abuse. This may make it possible for them to grow and develop into individuals who are keen on helping shape society, rather than destroy it. Physical abuse is just one form of abuse that a child may experience growing up, and in some cases, may lead to the child’s death. It is not correct or fair to insinuate that among all the forms of abuse known, physical abuse may be the most dangerous. This is because all forms of abuse leave the child scarred and mentally afflicted for life. There are legislations that are in place that try and ensure children are protected and their rights safeguarded against any form of abuse. However, this has not stopped carers, parents, siblings, or guardians from physically abusing children. Working Together to Safeguard Children identifies physical abuse of children as poisoning, shaking, burning, scalding, and even drowning them. The distress caused by such actions often show up later in children as they tend to act out or carry out similar actions against others.
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