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Zero to Three
Annie E Casey
Learn the Signs of Abuse & Neglect
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused by someone, it is important that you listen to them most of all. Only one in 10 children who have been abused ever make an outcry.
There are four major types of child maltreatment: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Learn more about the signs of abuse from the Department of Family and Protective Services. If you suspect abuse, neglect, or exploitation, speak up!
Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Child’s name, age and address
- Brief description of the child
- Current injuries, medical problems or behavioral problems
- Parents’ names and names of siblings in the home
Ask ONLY four questions:
- What happened?
- Who did this to you?
- Where were you when this happened?
- When did this happen?
Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!
- Investigate – leave this to the professionals.
- Ask leading questions
- Make promises.
- Notify the parents or the caretaker.
- Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener).
- Tell the child it was not his/her fault.
- Listen carefully.
- Document the child’s exact quotes.
- Be supportive, not judgmental.
- Know your limits.
- Tell the truth and make no promises.