Recognising Abuse

In this lesson, we will consider the important theme of how to recognise signs and indicators of abuse. Sometimes abuse is disclosed (we are told about what is happening), however, often, it is not what we are told but what we observe that gives the indication that something is not right. We need to be able to recognise indicators that might suggest the child is experiencing abuse.

The ability to recognise abuse is particularly important when dealing with non-verbal children, however, we must remember that although a child may be verbal, they may lack the vocabulary to express what is happening and even if they have the necessary vocabulary, there are many other factors that could prevent or inhibit their ability or willingness to seek help.

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