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).

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

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