Recognize Child Abuse
If you see a child you know acting differently, it could be a sign of abuse or neglect.
When you have concerns for a child’s well-being, the indicators listed below may help guide you. Many of these “signs” could be caused by things other than abuse or neglect. Generally, these indicators do indicate that a child’s safety may be at risk and, the situation should be assessed by a professional who is able to determine the causes of these symptoms and offer the help and assistance necessary to reduce the child’s risk.
Signs of Neglect*
- Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses
- Is frequently absent from school
- Begs for or steals food or money
- Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
- States that there is no one home to provide care
- Lacks adult supervision
Signs of Abuse
- Discloses maltreatment
- Is reluctant to be around a particular person
- Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
- Has unexplained bruises or injuries
*Information from Colorado Department of Human Services (www.co4kids.org).
If you suspect abuse or neglect, report the problem by calling 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.