• Spotting Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Emergency

    Spotting Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Emergency

    As we tread through this new virtual space, our commitment to ensuring that our students are safe remains a constant.

    Even from a distance, there are ways to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.  It is the responsibility of each of us to collaborate and provide a network of support and resources for our students.

    Child Abuse and Neglect: Types and Reporting 

    There are four main types of abuse: PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL, and NEGLECT. 

    Below are some potential signs of abuse and neglect that could indicate a child may not be safe: 

    PHYSICAL Abuse: 

    • Child has bruising, welts, burns, bite marks, broken bones or other injuries that are not explained, appear to be inflicted, or are suspicious. 
    • Child may report having pain caused by parental behavior, though have no obvious signs of injury. 
    • Child has been directly present in a room where domestic violence incidents have occurred. 
    • Behaviorally, child may appear to be afraid of caregiver(s) and flinch when around them. 

    EMOTIONAL Abuse: 

    • Child may appear withdrawn, sad, or emotionally unattached to caregivers.
    • Caregiver is known or heard to repeatedly blame, belittle, or berate the child.
    • Child is aware of and exposed to domestic violence incidents between caregivers. 

    SEXUAL Abuse: 

    • Child may describe being sexually touched by a parent, caregiver, or other person in the home.
    • Child may demonstrate unusual sexual knowledge or behavior for their age. NEGLECT: 
    • Child is witnessing illegal substance use by caregivers, and/or has access to unsafe items in the home. 
    • Child is not being supervised adequately for their age and developmental ability. 
    • Child’s primary needs for food, education or, medical, dental, or mental health care are not being met

    NEGLECT:

    • Child is witnessing illegal substance use by caregivers, and/or has access to unsafe items in the home. • Child is not being supervised adequately for their age and developmental ability. 
    • Child’s primary needs for food, education or, medical, dental, or mental health care are not being met

    IMPORTANT: Please obtain as much detail as possible regarding any concerns, such as WHEN/WHERE an incident occurred, HOW something made the child feel, or WHAT injuries look like (size, shape, location). Ask open ended follow up questions to clarify information.

    Administrative Procedure 5145: How to report child abuse and neglect

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