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Introduction
Child abuse and neglect whether intended or unintended are types of mistreatment concerning children today. There are three types of child abuse; emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. Though neglect essentially can be considered child abuse it falls in to a different category of its own. Child abuse has deeply adverse effects on the child which can last a lifetime. Children who are abused, whether physically, emotionally, sexually, or neglect, tend to be more at risk for deviant behaviors with the possibility of becoming one who abuses children themselves later in life. Child abuse is not only limited to the child’s parents but also caregivers, family members, daycare providers, and even educators to play a part in the abuse of a child. This is not only wrong it is against the law. When overlooked, the child becomes at risk to become abused. Whether a child is taken from their home or they grow up with a life of abuse they bear the scars of this abuse forever. During their childhood children depend on their parents and other adult figures to provide care and protect the children. Preventing and active help when abuse is found is crucial for the child’s wellbeing. This is an important problem that society has an obligation to focus on; the ramifications of the abused child, in turn can have an effect on society as well. Categories of child neglect and abuse

As stated above there are four types of child maltreatment; neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse and neglect that states recognize in their definition. Neglect in its own can be broken up in to five different categories; physical, educational, emotional, medical, and chronic (Thurston, C. 2006). Each state may have a different meaning of child abuse and neglect, so the Federal legislation has given each state a guideline to work with. The purpose of the guideline is to provide each state a minimum set of standards determining...