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— 4 — SIGNS OF NEGLECT Consider the possibility of neglect when the child: • Is frequently absent from school • Begs or steals food or money • Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather • Abuses alcohol or other drugs • States that there is no one at home to provide care Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver: • Appears to be indifferent to the child • Seems apathetic or depressed • Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner • Is abusing alcohol or other drugs SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE CHILD Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child: • Has difficulty walking or CHILD ADULT ADULT sitting • Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities • Reports nightmares or bedwetting • Experiences a sudden change in appetite • Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior • Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age 14 • Runs away • Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver • Attaches very quickly to strangers or new adults in their environment Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver: • Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child’s contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex • Is secretive and isolated • Is jealous or controlling with family members KINDRED FAMILY FOCUS YOUTH AND FAMILY A FAMILY MEMBER


Be Their Hero-Help Prevent Child Abuse
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