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Signs and Sympton of Child Abuse, care for children and young people

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Signs and symptoms of child abuse Working as a student nurse in the Accident and Emergency Department you need to know what to look for when it comes to recognising the signs and symptoms of child abuse. The first step for helping children who are being neglected or abused is the learn how to recognise these signs and symptoms of child abuse. There are four different types of abuse, these are physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. If you are unsure or worried about the welfare of a child you should do something about it, don't keep it to yourself. Physical Abuse This type of abuse is intentional and non-accidental to the child. The abuser purposely sets out to hurt the child with physical force and violence. ...read more.


- Wears cover-up clothing. - Unusually fearful with adults - Unnaturally compliant with parents. Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse is the use of children for sexual gratification. It can include physical contact, touching sex organs, looking at pornographic materials. Sexual abuse can occur in any age group with both boys and girls. The perpetrators can be men OR women. Children can be forced to be involved in sexual activity. Physical Observations - Sexually Transmitted Disease. - Difficulty walking or sitting. - Unexpected pregnancy from young girls. - Unexplained reoccurring urinary tract infections and discharges or abdominal pain. - Soreness in genital area, anus or mouth. Behavioural Indicators - Demonstrates sexual knowledge inappropriate for their age. - Hinting at sexual activity. ...read more.


- Sudden speech disorders. Neglect Neglect is failure of the parents or carers to provide the child with safety and meeting their psychological and physical needs. The parents of carers of the child do not always do this intentionally. Some may put their own needs before the child and totally forget about them. Neglect can include leaving the child with inappropriate carers and leaving them for long periods of time on their own. Physical observations - Poor state of clothing (dirty and ragged). - Poor skin tone and hair tone. - Untreated medical problems. - Poor personal hygiene - Pot belly, gauntness, short build Behavioural observations - Low self-esteem. - Running away. - Constant hunger. - Constant tiredness. - Neurotic behaviour. - Multiple accident and accidental injuries. - No social relationships. - Frequent lateness or non-attendance at school. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kerri Baldwin BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care U10; P4 ...read more.

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