If your child has been victimized by a predator at a daycare facility or has been the victim of some other type of abuse in daycare, expect there to be a long healing process afterwards. You can help them by being there for them and by making sure they understand the following three things.
1. It’s not their fault.
Predators are masters at making children feel like whatever happened to them was the child’s fault. They break down their self-esteem and use the child’s insecurities as weapons against them. You’re going to have to make sure that your child understands that nothing they did made them deserve the abuse. It’s a good idea to let the child know that they were the one who was let down and that they didn’t let anyone down themselves.
2. Not everyone is dangerous.
Part of the damage that predators do is destroying a child’s ability to form friendships with peers and adults. Make sure they understand that bad people are not the norm. Your psychologist can help you to work through this with them. They may need a lot of companionship from you after they go through an abusive experience and, in reality, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time with them also.
3. They’re loved.
Predators sometimes make children feel like no one cares for them. Isolation and victimization are traumatic for adults so you can imagine that it is extremely worse for children. You have to make sure that they know that they’re loved and what happened to them does not reflect upon them in any way. Again, a child psychologist will have a lot of resources to help you reinforce their sense of belonging and their self-esteem.
A daycare abuse lawyer is a valuable resource if a daycare facility was negligent in their duty to protect your child against harm. They don’t handle the criminal aspects of these cases, but they step in and help you seek financial compensation for the pain and suffering your child and your family has been put through. That compensation can be used to provide resources for your child’s recovery and, to some extent, to put daycare facilities on notice that they can be held responsible for not taking care of their vulnerable clients.