Spotting the signs of child abuse can be difficult. Children might not want to tell anyone, or they may not even be aware it is happening.
If you are unsure, the best thing to do is talk - to the child, to a teacher or another responsible adult. It is always helpful to get someone else's perspective.
Symptoms that may be cause for concern include;
- Talk of being left home alone or with strangers
- Excessive violence with other children
- Lack of social skills and struggles to make friends
- Has a poor relationship with their parent(s)
- Shows disruptive behaviour at school
- Becomes secretive and reluctant to share information
If you have noticed any of the above and are unsure whether to report, do not wait until you are certain. You should contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 and a counsellor will then be able to assess the situation before offering further advice.