It is important that people working with children are aware of the indicators of child abuse and have the confidence to respond to any indication that a child may have been abused.
Indicators can be identified in various ways. Children and young people may tell an adult about the abuse occurring (what is known as a disclosure), however you may identify injuries on a child or young person that could lead you to believe they are at risk of abuse. Some indicators of child abuse are:
The presence of one indicator does not necessarily suggest that a child is the subject of abuse. People working/volunteering with children need to consider the context in which the indicators are observed and use common sense. If you feel any doubt contact your state or territory’s child protection agency - see our Quick Reference Guide.
So what are the laws in relation to child protection?