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Child abuse. If you think it, report it

Spot the signs of child abuse

Do you know your ABC?

To protect children from abuse look out for changes in their Appearance, Behaviour and Communication. If you’re concerned they might be at risk, tell someone. Any information could be the missing piece of information that’s needed to keep a child safe.

Poor hygiene. Disruptive behaviour. Aggressive language. These could all be signs that a child is at risk from abuse or neglect.

Find out more about the signs to spot and what you can do if you’re concerned a child may be at risk.

You don’t have to be completely sure. If you think it, report it.

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Below are four short animated films (approx. 40 seconds each). These animations show a range of example scenarios to highlight some common behaviours that a child at risk may present for each of the four types of child abuse and neglect. They also remind people of the key A B C signs to spot.

Emotional Abuse

Neglect

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse