Every child deserves to
be loved

Children are precious gifts. Unfortunately, some suffer from abuse – even in their own homes.

With Give A Voice, we hope to raise awareness of different forms of child abuse, and work closely with parents to protect the little ones.

Who

We are Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre, part of the Montfort Care network of programmes committed to improving the lives of individuals and families facing transitional challenges.

What

We provide a wide range of case work management and supportive services.

Why

We believe that families with child protection concerns deserve child-centric, family-focused and community-based support.

Let’s Give A Voice
to our children

Give A Voice is an annual awareness campaign organised by Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre to amplify issues of child abuse.

This year, we’re dedicated to sharing ways of improving parent-child relationships, as well as professional insights on how physical punishment can unintentionally cause harm.

Participate in our interactive film, and discover how your parenting choices matter.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is defined as any act of commission or omission by a parent or caregiver which would endanger or impair
the child’s physical or emotional well-being, and is judged by community values and professionals as abusive.

Child abuse is defined as any act of commission or omission by a parent or caregiver which would endanger or impair the child’s physical or emotional well-being, and is judged by community values and professionals as abusive.

Physical abuse

Any non-accidental act that causes physical injury to a child constitutes physical abuse. This includes deliberately causing bruises, burns, cuts or broken bones by a range of acts such as beating and excessive discipline.

Signs: Multiple injuries on the child at various stages of healing. Child appears to fear parents or caregivers, and avoids contact with them.

Sexual abuse

Any act where a child is used for sexual pleasure, or taken advantage of sexually, is considered sexual abuse. This also includes exposing a child to sexual acts or pornography.

Signs: Torn or bloody underclothing, sexually transmitted diseases, bruises or bleeding at the private areas.

Emotional & psychological abuse

This refers to any act that harms a child emotionally or psychologically. These acts can be repeated, or be an isolated extreme incident.

Signs: Stunted growth, low self-esteem and self-worth. Child’s ability to behave, think, reason and function is affected. 

Neglect

Neglect occurs when a child is harmed, because a parent or caregiver fails to provide adequate supervision, food, medical care, and/or clothing that’s appropriate to the child’s age and level of development.

Signs: Poor hygiene with the child left unattended for extended periods of time, which is often inappropriate to the age and needs of the child.

Any non-accidental act that causes physical injury to a child constitutes physical abuse. This includes deliberately causing bruises, burns, cuts or broken bones by a range of acts such as beating and excessive discipline.

Signs: Multiple injuries on the child at various stages of healing. Child appears to fear parents or caregivers, and avoids contact with them.

Any act where a child is used for sexual pleasure, or taken advantage of sexually, is considered sexual abuse. This also includes exposing a child to sexual acts or pornography.

Signs: Torn or bloody underclothing, sexually transmitted diseases, bruises or bleeding at the private areas.

This refers to any act that harms a child emotionally or psychologically. These acts can be repeated, or be an isolated extreme incident.

Signs: Stunted growth, low self-esteem and self-worth. Child’s ability to behave, think, reason and function is affected. 

Neglect occurs when a child is harmed, because a parent or caregiver fails to provide adequate supervision, food, medical care, and/or clothing that’s appropriate to the child’s age and level of development.

Signs: Poor hygiene with the child left unattended for extended periods of time, which is often inappropriate to the age and needs of the child.

Useful guides for caregivers

Here are some resources that might help caregivers and professionals. Click on the thumbnails to download the files.

Top image by Chinh Le Duc (@mero_dnt) on Unsplash

More about Big Love

Established in 2013, Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre helps families with child protection concerns to improve their well-being and resilience.

Case-work management and supportive services are conducted in familiar environments, such as client’s home, school, workplace or within the community.

Your call could save a
child's life

Getting help for the family is the first step in preventing or stopping the abuse. You can contact the following agencies:

National
Anti-Violence Helpline

Please call the police at 999 immediately if the child’s life and safety is in imminent danger.

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 24 hours

Getting help for the family is the first step in preventing or stopping the abuse. You can contact the following agencies:

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Volunteers are an important part of our community. They help with various aspects of our work, including ferrying services, home-based parenting, and counselling.