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Know the signs

The Big Picture

To help a child who experiences abuse and neglect, a person should have a general understanding of the signs and symptoms. Sometimes you might notice signs in children, sometimes in the parents, and sometimes in family relationships in general. In the navigation bar to the right, you can explore definitions, signs, and symptoms of the different types of maltreatment.

It is important to remember that the presence of one sign or symptom does not mean abuse or neglect is occurring in a family. Educating yourself about types of harm and typical signs of abuse and neglect will help you identify what to report. Remember that if you do suspect a child is being harmed, reporting is not an accusation but a request for Office of Children's Services to follow up and look into the situation.