Following the arrest of 660 paedophiles throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland earlier this week, it has highlighted the existence and growing concern of the neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children spanning all ages and vulnerabilities.

This article aims to provide its readers with a very basic understanding of the signs to look out for if you are concerned that a person you know is being abused. However, before we go any further, it is important to know that many charities including the NSPCC provide more detailed guidance and contact information for help and support in these circumstances. If you are concerned that someone you know is being abused, you should consultant such guidance and report the abuse.

The NSPCC have provided a list of signs to look out for, such as:

Change in a child’s behaviour:

– Aggressive behaviour

– Sleep problems

– Bed-wetting or soiling

– Risk-taking behaviour during adolescence

– Negative thoughts

– Not looking after themselves

– Problems with school, or missing school

Children looking to avoid certain adults:

– Avoids being alone with a particular family member

– Fears an adult or is reluctant to socialise with them

Children showing inappropriate sexual behaviour:

– Becoming sexually active at a young age

– Promiscuity

– Use of sexual language or information that you would not expect the child to know

Physical Symptoms:

– Anal or vaginal soreness

– An unusual discharge

– Pregnancy

This is not an exhaustive list but an indication of different signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is being abused. It is also important to note that children may also try to speak to you about the abuse through intimations and suggestions.

If you are concerned about child abuse consult the NSPCC website for more information: NSPCC Child Abuse – Help and Support or any other charities and contact your local police and children’s services.

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