Safeguarding – How To Spot The Signs Of Child Abuse

How do you spot the signs of child abuse?

The Government’s A,B.C approach is one we all need to be aware of.

To protect children look out for changes in their Appearance, Behaviour and Communication.

Signs to spot


  • Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
  • Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
  • Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.

A sudden change in behaviour where you think a child is ‘playing up’ could be a sign of something else.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect so I urge you to take a look at the Government’s ‘If You Think It, Report It Campaign’.

The following video explains the 4 types of child abuse:


If you think a child is in immediate danger then call 999 or 0808 800 5000


Report child abuse

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