Spotting signs of abuse in children
We're in full support of the Department for Education's campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse. We want to make it normal practice to report abuse so that children can get help.
There are some examples to help you spot signs of child abuse or neglect. Here are a few examples:
Frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or parents regularly collecting children from school when drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired.
Sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information, or being overly obedient.
If a person is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.