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Signs of Child Abuse

Physical indicators

Behavioural indicators

By themselves, these signs do not prove abuse or neglect. But professionals will look to learn more about the child’s or youth’s circumstances. Many indicators can be the result of traumatic events such as divorce, separation, death of a significant person or the arrival of a new sibling. That’s why each case must be assessed by professionals. The important thing to know is what the signs are, and how to report them if a child or youth may need protection.