There are different kinds of abuse such as sexual-; physical- and emotional abuse. Neglecting a child is also a form of abuse. Physical abuse is the intentional infliction of an injury on a child.

Physical indicators that a Child is Being Physically Abused:

The victim’s body will exhibit:

  • Bite marks
  • Bruises on uncommonly injured body surfaces
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • High incidence of accidents or frequent injuries
  • Fractures/broken bones in unusual places such as the skull, ribs etc
  • Injuries, swellings to face and extremities
  • Discolouration of skin
  • Blunt-instrument marks
  • Human hand marks
  • Multiple injuries at different stages of healing
  • Evidence of poor care/failure to thrive

Behavioural Indicators of Physical Child Abuse:

The child:

  • Avoids physical contact with others
  • Is apprehensive when other children cry
  • Wears clothing to purposely conceal injury, such as long sleeves
  • Refuses to undress for sport or for required physical exams at school
  • Give inconsistent versions about occurrences of injuries
  • Seems frightened of parents
  • Is often late/absent from school
  • Comes to school early and seems reluctant to go home afterwards
  • Has difficulty getting along with others
  • Plays aggressively and often hurts peers
  • Complains of pain upon movement or contact
  • Has a history of running away from home.

Child Safety

If you are a parent the please take the time and trouble to educate and teach your children:
– to never get into a car with someone they do not know.
– to not accept gifts, food or drinks from a person they do not know.
– to never open a front door or window to people they do not know.
– to tell you where they are going and when they will return.
– that their body is private and they have the right to say no.