AshCare: Evaluating a Program for Child Safety
A comprehensive approach to school student’s safety to provide a secure and caring environment for learning and developing their potential without getting impacted by social evils like Child Sexual abuse.
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. AshCare supports Schools, Parents and Children with special focus on Prevention of Child Abuse.
How Psychology will help?
AshCare Child Safety Program:
- Assist Child to understand the potential “UN Safe” Situations & Behavior.
- Assist Parents learn effective parenting to facilitate Child’s Development.
- Assist Teachers/School Authorities to understand potential “UN Safe” Practices & Behavior at School and how to avoid them.
- Assist School Staff in implementation of Safe Practices for School Children.
- Parents, Teachers and Students can contact and seek guidance from Qualified
i) Through designated phone numbers. (10:00 am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday)
ii) Through emails.
- Privacy and Confidentiality is strictly adhered to.
Twice a year, Workshops will be conducted by Professional Child Psychologists to address relevant Child Safety Issues and their Management.
How Technology will help?
AshTrack, a comprehensive approach to children’s security
School Children need a secure and caring environment for learning and developing their potential.
Ashtopus Technologies has developed various tracking and monitoring systems for the Schools buses. These buses are fitted with AshTrack GPS devices and Student ID readers to gather Location Base and Student’s rider ship information. Ashtopus servers monitor entire operations of the School Bus Fleet on secure portal which can be accessed by School Management. Alerts are sent via SMS and Email to parents and school authorities. Live information regarding bus location and student attendance can be viewed from anywhere via mobile devices.
Accompanying the Child Virtually
- Driver Identification
- Crash Impact Alerts
- Route Monitoring and Display
- Speed Alerts
- Live Monitoring of bus Fleet
- In bus Cameras with live feed
- Geo Fencing
- Automated In-Bus Attendance
- Pick and Drop SMS
- Live Tracking by Mobile App
Parents can monitor the location of their children at any point in real time through the
AshTrack portal and on their Mobile Phone.
Parents keeping an eye on their children’s arrival and departure from school
The movements in and out of school of children presenting their tags on one of the children’s readers are recorded and accessible by the respective parents on the AshTrack portal. Parents automatically receive an SMS or email if their children did not arrive on time or left school earlier than the schedule.
The children’s tag as internal ID
The children’s tag can be used by the school as an internal ID in the lunchroom, library, infirmary, in school buses and so forth.
Benefits to parents:
- Complete Traceability Of Child Movements, from Home to School and back
- Get instant Information/Alerts about: Arrival at pick up and drop off stops. Boarding and Alighting at school
and Stops Entering and Exiting School Premises
- Bus Geo Positioning to get the exact location of the Bus Mishap Alerts
Benefits to School/Transporter:
- Get Exact Information about the moving fleet
- Information about Driver’s functioning
- Route Adherence (Geo Fencing) Speed Adherence
- Rash Driving
- Fuel theft
- Instant Breakdown alerts
- Planned and unplanned Schedule Alert
Five Ways to Plug Child Abuse
- Most of the young children are unaware about the ‘Good’ and ‘Bad Touch’.
- They don’t even know that they have been “abused” simply because they can’t differentiate between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad Touch’.
- Children often suppress about their feelings & sufferings regarding these matters and they are always left buried.
Learn the signs in children and teens.
- Physical signs are not common, but the following should be carefully examined by a professional:
- Bruising, bleeding, redness, rashes, bumps or scabs especially
- around the genitals / Urinary tract infections
- Chronic stomach pain, headaches or other ailments that can’t be explained medically.
Emotional and behavioral signs are more common.
- Anger, rebellion, defiance
- Agitation or inability to concentrate
- Fear of situations or people
- Sexual behavior and language that are not age-appropriate
- Falling grades
- A change in behavior…and many more
“One of the best protections is our relationship with children”
- The abuser sometimes threatens the child or a family member.
- The abuser may try to confuse the child about right and wrong.
- Many abusers tell children the abuse is “okay” or “a game.”
- The abuser may shame the child, blame the child, or tell the child that his/her parents will be angry.
- Children are afraid of disrupting or hurting their family.
- Some children who did not initially disclose are afraid to tell when it happens again.
- Some children are too young to understand.
Understand how to respond to risky behaviors and suspicions or reports of abuse.
- There are 3 reasons we need to react to sexual abuse.
- A child discloses it to us.
- We discover it ourselves.
- We have reason to suspect it.
- A child who has broken the secrecy, fear, shame and chosen you to tell the truth. Honor that with attention, compassion and belief.
- Listen calmly and openly.
- Don’t fill in the gaps, or rush to “get to the bottom of it.”
- Don’t ask leading questions about details.
- Ask only open ended questions like, “What happened next?” Or say, “It’s ok to tell me more.”
- Believe the child.
- Tell the child he’s done nothing wrong.
5.Minimize & Prevent
More than 80% of sexual abuse incidents happen in isolated, one-on-one situations with a child.
- Choose group situations and have multiple adults supervise children.
- Scan the hidden areas and places where such incidents can be happened.
- Make sure interactions can be observed and interrupted.
- Older youth should be avoided in isolated situation with the younger ones.
Ask for these best practices in schools and organizations that serve your children.
- A code of conduct for staff and all the workers in institution.
- A policy for responding to disclosures and discoveries of child sexual abuse.
- A policy for responding to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy and suspicions of abuse.
- Prevention training for employees, volunteers, parents, and caregivers.