Author(s): Selma HOUSSEIN Naz?m BERATLI

The extent of child abuse in the TRNC cannot be fully determined because of the lack of legislation and inadequate records, and a full assessment of the damage cannot be ascertained when confronted with an abused child due to a lack of training and education in this field. It is therefore a must to collect and gather all records/ reports relating to child abuse and to determine all the factors underlying such abuse. Most abused children fail to report to the authorities ( Doctors, nurses, social services ,police) for possible comeback. Therefore those responsible to tackle abuse must immediately report their findings where there is suspected child abuse and in situations where the victim is trying to hide the abuse. It must be stressed that from the research thus far carried out, there is a lack of proper reporting of suspected child abuse by the Nurses due to the lack of education and training in this field. It is necessary that the nurses receive proper and full training and provided with adequate information and know how in order to tackle and stem the tide of of violence inflicted upon children. The main aim of this exercise is to provide recognition of physical child abuse by those who have the main responsibility of avoiding child abuse mainly the nurses, who can identify and stop the abuse, but in order to be able to carry out their functions properly they must receive a planed course of training and recognition of signs of abuse.


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