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Legal Responsibilities as a Childcare Worker

As a parent, you depend on childcare workers to care for your children and keep them safe when you aren’t around. Childcare workers can care for your children at your home or in a childcare center. Every state has laws and regulations in place to make sure that all children enjoy a safe and secure environment when their parents aren’t there.

Childcare workers have a lot of responsibility.

Education and Certification

Childcare workers have to satisfy the education and certification requirements in their state. Some states don’t have any education requirements, while some require a high school diploma or a degree in childhood education. Childcare workers in the Head Start program have to be a graduate or enrolled in an associate’s degree program in childhood education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some states and employers also must be certified.

 Safety

The main legal responsibility of a childcare worker is the safety of the children. You have to comply with state regulations, which could include first aid and CPR certification and plans for emergencies, like fires or tornadoes. Additionally, the home or center has to satisfy sanitary and fire regulations, including fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.

Workers have to know every child’s relevant medical history and are prepared to stop and give first aid for any resulting health problems. This includes conditions like asthma or diabetes and allergies to food, medication or bee stings. Furthermore, if the childcare worker transports children, the vehicle must have the right car and booster seats. If driving is one of the workers’ responsibilities, the childcare center or family might want to check the worker’s driving record.

Abuse

Childcare workers have to report all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement or Child Protective Services even if they don’t have concrete proof. Some physical signs of abuse are frequent or unexplained bruising, broken bones or dental trauma.

Also, childcare workers can’t abuse children in their care. Some examples of abusive behavior are screaming, yelling, grabbing, and forcing kisses and hugs.

Do Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Reduce Auto Accidents Fatalities?

Each year, thousands of people die due to alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle accidents. To combat the problem of auto accident fatalities, some cities and towns have set up several substance abuse treatment programs. The question is: does establishing a substance abuse program really help in the fight against auto accidents?

There is debate over whether substance abuse clinics have the potential to lower the number of accidents caused by DUI’s.

Studies show that cities and towns where substance abuse programs were established, the number of automobile accidents was reduced from anywhere from 8 to 13 percent. This is positive since, each year, there are over 30,000 motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. with over 30% being alcohol or drug-related. Several hindrances have been put into place in the past to discourage people from driving while high or intoxicated. For example, alcohol taxes, not selling liquor on Sundays, revoking driver licenses, and raising the legal drinking age are just a few.

Every year, over two million people are treated in a substance abuse facility for alcohol and drug addiction. For those that are seriously addicted, the number of those that are successful at recovering is huge. One very positive result of drivers being treated in a substance abuse program instead of jail or prison is how much less it costs the city and state.

Patients attending a substance abuse program either go on an in-house treatment or an outpatient treatment basis. There are a couple of reasons why a person will choose one over the other. Sometimes, it is voluntary and the person realizes they have a serious problem. Other times, the person is court-ordered and can include the threat of jail or prison time and the removal of children to foster care.

Some counties are known to be “dry” counties, prohibiting the sale of alcohol. However, some motorists bypass this by going to the next town or city and purchasing liquor and drugs. Still, research shows that being a “dry” county does typically reduce the number of automobile accidents every year.

 

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