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What are the signs or symptoms of child abuse or neglect?

Child Welfare
Child Abuse and 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, Administration for Children and Families, has produced a factsheet that includes many of the common signs or symptoms of child abuse and neglect: What is Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms.

Information Gateway also features a web section titled Identification of Child Abuse & Neglect that links to information and resources on common indicators and different types of child abuse and neglect.

Last Reviewed: May 9, 2019