What you need to know about child-rearing

Children can be the most difficult people to understand.

They can be so hard to teach.

And when it comes to learning, they have a whole range of problems.

But there is hope for a child’s future.

Child-rearrest expert, Professor Paul Johnson, says the most common cause of child abuse in the home is when a parent or carer breaks a rule or fails to take appropriate action.

“The child doesn’t really know what’s wrong,” he said.

So what does that mean?

Well it means the child needs to know how to behave appropriately in the family environment.

What does that involve?

For children, it means being able to communicate with each other, being able see, hear and feel each other.

It means being in a safe place and knowing how to use a childproof container.

For adults, it can mean having a role model, a positive role model or a trusted and supportive adult.

How can we improve?

Dr Johnson says there are many things we can do to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in our families.

We can support the children in their learning.

And we can talk to children to help them understand their emotions and what they need to do.

Dr Johnson says we can also support our children by: learning the difference between right and wrong and the roles of adults and children.

By recognising that parents need to take responsibility for their children’s safety. 

By making it a priority to talk to and listen to children, rather than just listening to them. 

And by creating a culture of trust between parents and children, and between the two.

If you or anyone you know needs help, call Childline on 0800 555 111.