duty to report suspicions of abuse

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS


Safe Horizon

http://www.safehorizon.org/page/signs-of-child-abuse-58.html


Possible Signs of Physical or Sexual Child Abuse

  • Behavior changes such as fear, anxiety, depression, aggression or withdrawal, not wanting to go home, or appearing afraid of certain individuals
  • Overly sexualized behavior or use of explicit sexual language that's inappropriate for the child's age
  • Changes in sleeping patterns including frequent nightmares, difficulty falling asleep. Both may result in the child appearing tired or fatigued
  • Changes in school performance and attendance, such as being unable to concentrate in class or frequent absences
  • Eating habits that lead to extreme weight gain or loss
  • Visible unexplained injuries such as burns, bruises, or broken bones
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Trouble walking or sitting


Tip Sheet: Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse in a Child's Bahaviour

http://www.stopitnow.org/ohc-content/tip-sheet-7



Mayo Clinic: Child Abuse

"A child who's being abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused. He or she may be afraid to tell anyone about the abuse, especially if the abuser is a parent, other relative or family friend. In fact, the child may have an apparent fear of parents, adult caregivers or family friends. That's why it's vital to watch for red flags."

Please click on this link for warning signs:


http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/child-abuse/basics/symptoms/con-20033789