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Post  natashachamberlin on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:04 am

Child Abuse

Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.


Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others.


Child abuse is a serious problem. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the police or your local child welfare agency.


Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms



Factsheet



Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway

Year Published: 2007



The 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.


If you do suspect a child is being harmed, reporting your suspicions may protect the child and get help for the family. Any concerned person can report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. Some people (typically certain types of professionals) are required by law to make a report of child maltreatment under specific circumstances—these are called mandatory reporters. For more information, see the Child Welfare Information Gateway publication, Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.


For more information about where and how to file a report, contact your local child protective services agency or police department. An additional resource for information and referral is the Childhelp®️ National Child Abuse Hotline (800.4.A.CHILD).
Recognizing Child Abuse
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Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn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

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


Types of Abuse
The following are some signs often associated with particular types of child abuse and neglect: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected.

Signs of Physical Abuse
Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the child:



Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes
Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school
Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home
Shrinks at the approach of adults
Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver
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Post  natashachamberlin on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:05 am

Child Abuse

Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.


Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others.


Child abuse is a serious problem. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the police or your local child welfare agency.


Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms



Factsheet



Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway

Year Published: 2007



The 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.


If you do suspect a child is being harmed, reporting your suspicions may protect the child and get help for the family. Any concerned person can report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. Some people (typically certain types of professionals) are required by law to make a report of child maltreatment under specific circumstances—these are called mandatory reporters. For more information, see the Child Welfare Information Gateway publication, Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.


For more information about where and how to file a report, contact your local child protective services agency or police department. An additional resource for information and referral is the Childhelp®️ National Child Abuse Hotline (800.4.A.CHILD).
Recognizing Child Abuse
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

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


Types of Abuse
The following are some signs often associated with particular types of child abuse and neglect: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected.

Signs of Physical Abuse
Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the child:



Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes
Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school
Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home
Shrinks at the approach of adults
Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver
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Post  natashachamberlin on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:05 am

Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:



Offers conflicting, unconvincing, or no explanation for the child's injury
Describes the child as "evil," or in some other very negative way
Uses harsh physical discipline with the child
Has a history of abuse as a child


Signs of Neglect
Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:



Is frequently absent from school
Begs or steals food or money
Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses
Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
Abuses alcohol or other drugs
States that there is no one at home to provide care

Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver:

Appears to be indifferent to the child
Seems apathetic or depressed
Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner
Is abusing alcohol or other drugs


Signs of Sexual Abuse
Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:

Has difficulty walking or sitting
Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
Reports nightmares or bedwetting
Experiences a sudden change in appetite
Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age 14
Runs away
Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver



Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:




Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child's contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex
Is secretive and isolated
Is jealous or controlling with family members


Signs of Emotional Maltreatment
Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the child:



Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression
Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)
Is delayed in physical or emotional development
Has attempted suicide
Reports a lack of attachment to the parent



Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:




Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child
Is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child's problems
Overtly rejects the child




HELPLINES

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Help for children & young people ChildLine 0800 1111 Help for adults Help and Advice 0808 800 5000
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Post  natashachamberlin on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:06 am

Child Protection Helpline
You can contact the Helpline in a number of way to get expert advice from one of our advisers; all are trained child protection officers.

Phone call

0808 800 5000
Textphone

We have a free Textphone service for people who are deaf or whose hearing is impaired on 0800 056 0566.

Email
help@nspcc.org.uk

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NSPCC Child Protection Helpline, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH.
Helpline website



Helpline: 020 8554 9004 (hours vary so ring for details)
Admin: 020 8554 9006

Email
info@supportline.org.uk

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SupportLine, PO Box 1596, Ilford, Essex IG1 3FW


The National Youth Agency

Eastgate House, 19-23 Humberstone Road, Leicester, LE5 3GJ

0116 242 7350

0116 242 7444

email:
youthinformation@nya.org.uk

websites:
www.nya.org.uk/ and www.youthinformation.com/



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