Quote:"Child abuse and neglect offend the basic values of our state. We have a responsibility to provide safe settings for at-risk children and facilitate permanent placement for children who cannot return"
10 Signs of child abuse (cont)
Changes in sleeping. Abused children may have frequent
nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep, and as a result may
appear tired or fatigued.
Changes in school performance and attendance.
Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or
have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide
the children’s injuries from authorities.
Lack of personal care or hygiene. Abused and neglected
children may appear uncared for. They may present as
consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack
sufficient clothing for the weather.
Risk-taking behaviors. Young people who are being
abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or
alcohol or carrying a weapon.
Inappropriate sexual behaviors. Children who have been
sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use
explicit sexual language.
Some signs that a child is experiencing violence or
Abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts.
Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact the
authorities. You do not need proof.
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