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 (

For additional signs of abuse and neglect, visit and read this report.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, report the problem by calling 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.