Child abuse and neglect are common, more common than you think, and there are simple things we can do to help them. However, the first step is to recognise that it is happening. We must remember that many children do not talk because they have no words for it. They don’t know what’s happening. They don’t know it’s wrong.
Abuse takes different forms. It can be physical, mental, emotional, or sexual. It is important to note that in most cases, a combination of these abuses occurs rather than a single form of abuse.
Below are some things that will give us an idea that it is indeed happening.
1. Sudden poor performance in class or a sudden change in the child’s interpersonal skills
2. Difficulty concentrating even when no physiological illness is present
3. the conviction that something bad will always happen
4. Extremely passive, withdrawn, or obstinate
5. Refuses to leave the house or refuses to see or be near anyone in particular.
6. A child may try to communicate what is happening through drawings or playtime
7. Uncomfortable with other people’s physical contact
8. Use of physical signs such as bruising or a lack of hygiene
1. The appearance of bruises, burns, or scars of any kind.This usually happens more than once
2. Consistent absence from school, with marks on the child’s body when he or she returns. 3. Overly aggressive or overly shy around other children.
4. Concerned about the parents
5. Refuses to return home
The abuser may also show signs
1. excessively protective and possessive
2. Requests physical discipline from the teacher or nanny when the child misbehaves. 3. Has a completely negative attitude toward the child.
4. anticipates that the child will provide him or her with care, attention, and satisfaction.
5. Shows little concern for the child.
6. Sets impossible goals for the child to achieve.
If you suspect that a child has been injured, you must report this to the authorities. Knowledge or suspicion of wrongdoing against a child automatically makes you legally liable. Not to mention that emotional responsibility that you automatically have as well. Please contact youth care and/or the police. If you’re concerned about the abuser running after your family, rest assured that the law will protect you just as much as the child being abused.