Maltreated children rely on the eyes, ears and voices of their communities to help protect them from harm.
Child maltreatment can take many forms that can be either overt or covert in nature and thorough investigation is required to substantiate the types of maltreatment present in a particular situation. The basic categories of child maltreatment are emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
Knowing the basic signs and symptoms of child neglect, abuse and sexual abuse are essential for making valid and accurate reports of suspected maltreatment.
If you observe or have suspicions of child maltreatment report it to the either law enforcement or human services.