child abuseThe first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination. The following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect:

The child:

  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home

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The Parent:

  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child’s problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

The Parent and Child:

  • Rarely touch or look at each other
  • Consider their relationship entirely negative
  • State that they do not like each other

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If you see a child exhibiting any of these behaviors reach out to any of the below agencies.  A child is a precious gift and we need to protect them.

Resources on the Child Welfare Information Gateway Website

Child Abuse and Neglect: www.childwelfare.gov/can/

Defining Child Abuse and Neglect:www.childwelfare.gov/can/defining/

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: www.childwelfare.gov/responding/reporting.cfm

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