You Should Know About Any Adults Who Have Contact With Your Child at Daycare
Do you know everyone who interacts with your children while they’re away at daycare?
It may come as a surprise, but many recorded cases of child sexual abuse in daycares involve other adults who aren’t part of the direct childcare staff. Although you may know the teachers and caregivers who are there when you drop your kids of in the morning or pick them up in the evening, it’s important to be aware of any and all adults who have contact with your child during the day or may be on the premises. This might include:
- Administrators and office staff
- Assistant and substitute teachers
- Bus drivers
- Janitors and maintenance staff
- Kitchen staff
- In-house nurse or medical staff
- Counselors or youth ministers
- Specialty teachers and regular guest presenters
- Relatives or friends of the staff
Make it a point to talk with the administrators or daycare owners about each and every person who may have contact with your child, and consider dropping by unannounced from time to time to make sure you can observe what you’ve been told about supervision and safety. This may be an especially important step to take if you child is enrolled in an in-home or unlicensed daycare, where supervision and security may be more relaxed. Protecting your child from sexual abuse means being proactive, and you can take steps to make sure the adults who interact with your child are safe, screened, and supervised.
If you suspect that your child may have been sexually abused by an adult at daycare, don’t wait any longer to get answers. Our experienced legal team is standing by at 312-332-1400 to help with your concerns.