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Signs of Abuse
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
If you think or suspect a child or youth (anyone 18 or under) is being, is at risk of being, or has been abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concerns to a child protection worker at :
Ministry of Children and Family
24 hours a day 7 days a week
If the child or youth is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police department.
A child or youth disclosed...
What do I do next?
Are you under 19 and want to self report?
What will happen when I report?
Sleep disturbances and nightmares.
Sudden weight change.
Cuts or sores made by the child on their arms.
Recurring physical ailments.
Difficulty in walking or sitting, excessive itching in the genital or anal area due to infections.
Torn and stained or bloody underwear.
Sexually transmitted diseases.
Injuries to the mouth, genital or anal areas.
IN A YOUNG CHILD:
Excessive sadness, frequent crying, anxiety.
Inserting objects into the vagina or rectum.
Excessive dependency, fear of home or a specific place; excessive fear of men or women, lacks trust in others.
Age-inappropriate sexual play or sexually explicit drawings.
Sudden non-participation in activities, poor peer relationships, self-image; overall poor self-care.
IN AN OLDER CHILD:
Sudden lack of interest in friends or activities, unable to "have fun" with others.
Startled response to touching.
Overwhelming interest in sexual activities.
Hostility towards authority, truancy and/or running away from home.
Wearing of provocative clothing or layers of clothing to hide bruises.
Recurrent physical complaints that are without physiological basis.
Suicide attempts, drug/alcohol misuse, poor personal hygiene, promiscuity, sexual acting out in a variety of ways.
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