As children grow, they are learning and developing skills to live in this world. In a perfect world they would do that in a safe environment, with all the support they need to explore, experiment and grow.
So what happens when a child finds themselves in a place where they are do not feel safe, where the very people they trust hurt them, where they feel like they have no control over what is happening to them.
How does society take responsibility for failing these children and how does it then support them to find their way out of the fear, guilt and damage that has been done to them.
There are many organisations in Australia that provide amazing services which do just that:
These are just a few. The question I have is how do we all ensure that we provide support and protect the children who cannot protect themselves when we need to?
This week I will be writing about ways to support a child who has been hurt and who is getting professional help, or is ready to move forward after seeking professional help. If you know a child who has been hurt, who is not getting professional support, that is the first step.
If you have any questions please contact me at Startafreshlife.