Recognizing Abuse & Neglect
Child abuse is not always obvious, and many children are too young or too frightened to tell anyone what is happening to them. Children, especially younger, more vulnerable children, are often unaware that what is happening to them is abuse. Sometimes, it takes a caring adult – like a teacher, childcare worker, pastor, family member or neighbor – to recognize that something is not right in the child’s life. Following is a list of physical and emotional indicators of child abuse. Mandated Reporter Training is also available to help you recognize and report child abuse.
Indicators of Child Abuse
The following list of indicators may be used as a guide to help determine if there is a suspicion of child abuse or neglect. These indicators can also exist in situations where a child is NOT abused or neglected; they are only suggestive of abuse or neglect. The presence of any one or more of these indicators may have an entirely appropriate or unrelated explanation.