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Abuse of a child may take the form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and fabricated or induced illness. Signs/symptoms of possible non-accidental injury or neglect include:

  • Injuries inconsistent with the explanation given
  • Suspicious features/symptoms present
  • Repetitive pattern (of visits or injuries)
  • Worrying/unusual child or parental behaviour
  • Psychosomatic symptoms/failure to thrive.

You may be the only person to see injuries, so it is important to record details of what concerns you have, and take appropriate action.

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