Recognizing Signs of Abuse and Neglect
Some children may directly disclose that they have experienced abuse or neglect. The factsheet ”How to Handle Child Abuse Disclosures,” produced by the “Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe” child abuse prevention campaign, offers tips. The factsheet defines direct and indirect disclosure, as well as tips for supporting the child: Click Here.
The following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect. The Child:
1. Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance.
2. Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention.
3. Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes.
4. Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
5. Lacks adult supervision.
6. Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn.
7. Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home.
8. Is reluctant to be around a particular person.
9. Discloses maltreatment.