Objective: The purpose of this study is to explore and understand the experiences of innocent child care teachers who had been suspected of abusing children at child care centers.
Methods: Ten innocent child care teachers who had been suspected of child abuse participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect data. Data were analyzed using Creswell’s analytical framework.
Results: The findings of the study are as follows. First, teachers’ perceptions of CCTV were positive, while parents’ mistrust in CCTV formed the teachers’ negative perception of it. Second, the teachers were also withdrawn from their relationships with parents, children, and other employees in child care centers. Finally, they suffered from psychological burnout after they were suspected of child abuse.
Conclusion/Implications: This study suggests that it is necessary to provide legal and institutional support to protect teachers’ human rights and to prevent relationship dissolution and burnout in traumatic situations.