A key to reporting child abuse and neglect is being able to recognize common indicators. Find factsheets, reference books, and research on definitions, signs, and symptoms of different types of child maltreatment.
Mayo Clinic (2015)
Presents information on the different types of child abuse and neglect as well as signs and symptoms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and parental behavior.
Child Abuse and Neglect How to Spot the Signs and Make a Difference
Robinson, Segal & Smith (2017)
Presents myths and facts about child abuse and neglect, the warning signs and effects of child abuse and neglect, and ways to recognize the different types of child abuse.
How to Identify Child Abuse Ages 0–5
Presents common signs for different types of child abuse in children 0–5. The website includes information on how to identify child abuse in children ages 6 - 12 and children ages 13 - 18.
Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF - 558 KB)
Presents the oral and dental aspects of physical and sexual abuse and dental neglect in children and the role of pediatric care and dental providers in identifying signs of child maltreatment.
Recognizing Child Abuse: What Parents Should Know (PDF - 467 KB)
Prevent Child Abuse
Presents potential behavioral indicators of abuse in children, parents, and children and parent interactions as well as specific signs that the child or parent/caregiver may exhibit with cases of physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, sexual abuse, and neglect.