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► Physical abuse leads to marks visible on the body (not typically the face)
► Fear or trepidation when around the abuser
► Inappropriate conversations of a sexual nature
among peers
► An adult favoring a child over others
• Communicating with them outside of the norm (social media, texting, notes)
• touching the child (on their arm/shoulder) • giving them gifts
• being alone with them
► Malnutrition
► Lack of sleep
► Irritability
► Child not interacting with parent
► Parent often absent
► Not wanting to go home
           Protecting children in the world
When kids are out in the world at sports or clubs, it’s crucial to ensure that the adults around them are trustworthy. Always check that there are policies for background checks in place. “A lot of us think ‘stranger danger,’ ” says Trevor, “But the majority of all child abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse, happens with somebody who is close or in the family.” Even
if you know the people working with your children, ensuring they clear a background check verifies your trust. You can also check for policies that require that no adult will be left alone with a child or small group of children, and that all adults are trained to pick up on signs of abuse or neglect.
Along this line, ensuring that your children are aware of their surroundings and can pick up on conversations they have with their friends can make a big impact. “Children talk to children,”
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