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What child abuse is
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Child abuse is hurting or not caring for a child. It can be physical - hurting the child's body. It can be emotional - criticizing how a child thinks or feels.
Child abuse is against the law. If you think someone is hurting a child, you must tell the Child Welfare Agency in your state. This is the law. If you do not report your suspicions, you are breaking the law, too.
RECOGNIZING CHILD ABUSE
There are two basic ways to tell if a child is being abused. One is by looking at the child for physical signs of abuse. The other is by observing how the child acts. Remember, a healthy child may show one or more of these signs once in a while. However, if you see these signs often, the child may be the victim of abuse.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
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Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care - NNCC. Eller, C.L. (1991). Child abuse (Family Day Care Facts series). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts. Any additions or changes to these materials must be pre-approved by the author.
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