Possible Signs of Child Abuse

Possible signs of physical child abuse:

·       Burns, bite marks, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object.

·       Resistance to going home

·       Fear of adults


Possible signs of emotional child abuse:

·       Apathy, depression

·       Hostility for no reason

·       Unexplained difficulty concentrating


Possible signs of sexual child abuse:

·       Adults knowledge of sexual acts

·       Inappropriate seductiveness

·       Inappropriate touching of self or others

·       Fear of particular person or family member


Possible signs of neglect of a child:

·       Clothing unsuited to the weather

·       Being dirty of unbathed

·       Extreme hunger

·       Apparent lack of supervision



I have a concern, now what do I do with it?

·       Remember that confidentiality comes first and foremost.

·       If you’re an educator, follow your schools policy by speaking with the administrator first.

·       Share the information with another professional to get another trusted opinion.

·       Remember that reporting is your legal obligation, not a suggestion.

·       Gather only the facts, not opinions.

·       Trust your instincts!

·       Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-652-1999 or your local law enforcement agency.


Helpful information to have when making a report:

·       Any information about the victim, such as name, age, address, phone number, etc.

·       Any information on the other person(s) involved.

·       Description of the injury or situation.

·       How this information was brought to your attention.


Time may be running out for these children.  Don’t let the lack of information stop you from voicing your concerns.  Remember, err on the side of caution for the safety of the child!