Spotting signs of abuse in children
We are supporting the Department for Education's campaign to encourage members of the public to report child abuse to get help to children more quickly, and to make it normal practice to report it.
To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, below are some examples to look for. These include changes in:
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.
Services that can help
Call 0808 800 5000 (free 24 hour service), if you have concerns or are worried about a child. You can also visit their website at nspcc.org.uk.
Call 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service), if you are under 19 and are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, or if you are lonely or down and need someone to talk to. You can visit their website at childline.org.uk.