Child Abuse & Neglect Frequently Asked Question #9
What are the signs or symptoms of child abuse or neglect?
Just as there are various types of abuse and neglect, the symptoms of abuse and neglect may vary from child to child. Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, has a web section, Identification of Child Abuse and Neglect at http://www.childwelfare.gov/can/identifying/, that provides links to information and resources on the signs or common indicators of the various types of abuse and neglect. Specifically, the following factsheet may be of interest to you:
- Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms at
It is important to note that all States have a system to receive and respond to reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. If you suspect that a child is being harmed, you should report your concerns to the appropriate authorities, such as Child Protective Services (CPS), in the State where the child resides. Each State has trained professionals who can evaluate the situation and determine whether intervention or services are needed. Many States have a toll-free number to call to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Please refer to the related organizations listing at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_... for information about where to call to make a report in your State.
Another resource for information about how and where to file a report is the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline. Childhelp® can be reached 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at its toll-free number, 1.800.4 A-CHILD® (1.800.422.4453).
For comprehensive information about child abuse and neglect, visit the website of Child Welfare Information Gateway at http://www.childwelfare.gov/can/.