What We Do?
Ashtopus Technologies not only helps in providing State of the Art Technology, but also take care of the Human Aspects of Child Safety under the AshCare Program.
Many Schools don’t use the services of dedicated Child Psychologists, that’s why Ashtopus AshTrack has launched a program “AshCare” to support Schools, Parents and Children with special focus on Prevention of Child Abuse.
This will support the training of Children who are too young to understand the difference between Good and Bad Touch, help the parents with knowledge about how to train their kids and also how to handle the situation if unfortunately their kid has been subjected to some kind of abuse.
With child abuse cases occurring frequently, activists and psychiatrists match our beliefs that it’s time to focus on prevention because the same script plays out in all these cases with different faces. Child abuse has become very mainstream act in our community and often seen doing rounds in media almost every other day All one can feel is fearful and powerless. But, to transcend the outrage into action, ‘prevention’ is the answer.
“Many cases can be averted if adequate prevention policies and measures are established as studies show that most people who abuse children are known to victims”
AshCare’s services and business thought lay more focus on Prevention. Professional practices against the Child Abuse are still a grey area and AshCare will train school staff in understanding the behavioural pattern of their students. Abuse doesn’t happen in one day, Offenders normally show a behavioural pattern and early recognition of such pattern that go a long way in preventing abuse and may also help cure the abuser too.
STUDENTS NEED TO BE EMPOWERED NOT ONLY BY RIGHT BUT ALSO BY NEED!
Most important of all, our services aim to empower young students to empower them and to make them realize that they are individuals with their own rights. AshCare proposes a Strong knit network between Schools and our expert psychologist council.
All schools in Delhi must have a system of ensuring that there is no “abuse, neglect and maltreatment” and that the school staff must be aware of what constitutes abuse, and how to prevent and respond to the same – could go a long way in preventing sexual abuse of children in schools, experts say.
1. What we focus upon
- Empowering students by mentoring them.
- Fill the gaps by developing comprehensive understanding for the phenomenon of the unsafe behavior and child abuse.
- Creating a framework for schools to transcend them ethically ahead.
2. What is Child Abuse and Unsafe Behaviour?
- Child abuse consists of any act of commission that has an effect on child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury appearing to be non-accidental in nature or might be psychological.
- Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier any abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle rather than perpetuate it ?
- Many children don’t know that it’s not right for anyone to touch them. Children don’t know the difference between a good touch and a bad touch, which constitutes as an ‘unsafe behavior’ and often termed as ‘physical’ abuse.
3. Forms of Child Abuse
Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.
Any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors, when one exerts power over the other. Forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act. It also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism and communicating any sexual act between an adult and child.
Failure to provide a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene.
Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, and shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless or a mistake.”
It also includes the failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical attention a child is entitled to and also, withdrawal of attention. Lack of praise and lack of positive reinforcement are also tagged as a character of emotional abuse.
4. Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect
MYTH #1: It’s only abuse if it’s violent.
Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.
MYTH #2: Only bad people abuse their children.
Fact: While it’s easy to say that only “bad people” abuse their children, it’s not always so black and white. Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and don’t know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.
MYTH #3: Child abuse doesn’t happen in “good” families.
Fact: Child abuse doesn’t only happen in poor families or bad neighborhoods. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Sometimes, families who seem to have it all from the outside are hiding a different story behind closed doors.
MYTH #4: Most child abusers are strangers.
Fact: Though abuser may a stranger in some cases, but mostly it’s someone known and close to the child. While abuse by strangers does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family.
MYTH #5: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.
Fact: It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.