Parents across Long Island trust and depend on daycare facilities, nannies and other services to care for their children while they are at work. While there are many reputable facilities in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, abuse and negligence does occur, and many times the children are either too young or too scared to let their parents know. For that reason, it is important to regularly check in on the daycare services you use and be aware of potential sign of abuse to help ensure your child is in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
What are the warning signs of daycare abuse and neglect
Young children will often not speak about abuse going on at a daycare, whether it be because they are scared, were threatened, feel they are to blame or do not understand that the abuse is wrong. If you do suspect abuse, there are warning signs to look for, however, that may signal there is something bad going on:
- Changes in behavior
- Problems at school and change in academic performance
- Extreme mood swings
- Regressive behavior
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty sleeping
- Acting out inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters.
- Changes in toilet-training habits
- Excessive fear of going to the day care center or being left with a babysitter, nanny or specific daycare worker
What should I do if I suspect my child is being abused or neglected?
If you suspect your child is being abused or neglected, contact child protective services , the department of human services or the police. If your child has been physically or sexually abused, take them to the doctor immediately. Doctors are trained to notice the signs of abuse and can collect important physical evidence. It is also advisable to contact a daycare abuse attorney to make sure your and your child's rights are protected.
How our daycare abuse injury lawyers can help you and your family
At Goldstein and Bashner, our Long Island daycare child abuse lawyers have extensive experience working with children and are sensitive to the fear, confusion, embarrassment and pain young victims of any type of abuse may experience. We have helped work with the entire family as both close companions and as competent legal advisers. We put all our efforts in collecting the compensation deserved for the physical and emotional injuries these young, innocent victims have suffered.
Contact us for a free, private consultation. We will answer all your questions, discuss your case and let you know what you can expect from the legal process.