Research has shown and proven that many neglect cases exists amongst students in many schools in Kuwait, though not in large scale but they exist to some extent. In most cases, the responsibility of dealing with these perils is left in the hands of the school principals, social workers, and even teachers. This reflection focuses on the manner in which the neglect cases can be handled and the right principles to handle the same. Answering the questions below can offer the best approach towards finding valid solutions to the cases of child neglect.
Why do many families, despite their income levels, ethnicity and race still need extra support to enable their children learn successfully in school?
When in school, children are often given equal treatment despite their background. The school environment exposes them to equal chances and opportunities hence making them face challenges at various levels. For a child to learn comfortably in any environment, extra support from both the family and teachers is necessary to compel them to the subsequent steps. Child neglect cases are rampart and can lead to poor performance of a child in school. Family must thus develop various involvement strategies to enable them offer the right approach to reduce the levels of child neglect cases. To foster this process, parents need to have a proper understanding of their children’s unique characteristics as well as levels of competencies. Families also need to be helped in building and improving their strengths and capacities to offer a conducive environment for the children to learn comfortably (Grant & Ray, 2009). Consequently, information on how to improve children well being can be availed to these families to enable offer the best to their children.
Can the principle of family support be applied in and work effectively in schools?
This principle first emphasizes on the need for the school staff to work together in building healthy relationships that ensure respect and equality. In this case, families need to equip teachers with the right and sufficient information regarding a child’s strengths and weaknesses. The teachers then in return will engage teamwork to develop the right procedures for dealing with the students. In this way, both the family and teachers will be involved in the child’s learning and development process hence limiting cases of child neglect. In addition, the school administrators like the principals and other educators need to understand the capacity of various families and appreciate their efforts in fulfilling family needs and obligations.
Is it possible for schools to engage community agencies in providing support services to families?
Children come from various diverse backgrounds hence their opinions and perceptions regarding certain phenomenon within the school environment may be different. The best way to improve their levels of achievements is collaborating with community agencies that work with, or are experienced in dealing with specific populations. Such agencies can best define and assist the students during their schoolwork, hence limiting any possibilities of child neglect.
Are there steps that can be used to create family supportive and family friendly school environments?
Yes, there are a myriad of steps that can help families, and schools create supportive programs for students to offer them a conducive learning environments. One of the things that a family can do to offer a conducive environment is developing constant communication between the school administration and the students (Walsh et al, 2006, p.120). Such communication should include discussion of the child’s well being as well as level of school participation. Teachers are better placed to offer such feedback information that families can use to improve their children’s well being and performance in school.
In conclusion, fighting the cases of child neglect is a responsibility that ought to be handled by both teachers and the parents, rather than leaving it to teachers alone. Parents must ensure constant communication and contact with the teachers to satisfy fully the children is various needs. These will thus enhance good performance among children and provide them with the best environment for learning.
Grant, K., & Ray, J. (2009). Home, School and Community Collaboratio..Culturally responsive family involvement. Los Angeles: Sage publications.
Walsh, K., Farrell, A., Bridgstock, R., & Schweitzer, R. (2006). The contested terrain of teachers detecting and reporting child abuse and neglect. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 4(65), 1- 13.