Detecting signs of child abuse

Written by: Serenity Henderson April 8, 2021

If you believe a child you know is being abused, seek immediate help for that child. Children who are abused don’t always realize they’re not to blame for the behaviors of their parents or other authority figures. They may attempt to hide some of the evidence of the abuse. Here are some signs to help you detect if a child is being abused.

  • changes in behavior, including hostility, hyperactivity, anger, or aggression
  • reluctance to leave activities, such as school, sports, or extracurricular activities
  • attempts at running away or leaving the home
  • changes in performance at school
  • frequent absences from school
  • withdrawal from friends, family, or usual activities
  • self-harm or attempted suicide
  • defiant behavior

Of the reports of abuse made by professionals to authorities, school personnel are the source of over 50%. Often the teacher is the first person the child tells. Early identification can help prevent or minimize the damage the child suffers.

Each child needs and has the right to grow up protected from misuse and disregard, and caring foster parents offer kids support and dependability when they need it most. At Family Services of America, we spend a significant amount of time in personalizing plans for all children admitted into our services to get them ready for their next transition. We cooperate with our foster parents to provide services, including therapeutic foster care, adoption and outpatient Services. Quality care and services you can trust. Contact us today on how you can become a foster parent. ,


Medically reviewed by ,Melanie Santos — Written by ,Kimberly Holland on December 3, 2018

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