If a child is in immediate danger, phone Triple Zero (000) immediately.
The effects of child abuse can become more serious when no-one stops the harm or protects the child.
If child abuse is recognised and dealt with early:-
When a child is being abused, the abuse does not go away and usually becomes more serious.
If you suspect that a child is at risk of harm or abuse, find out how to report abuse.
You should also:-
You should avoid:-
put words into the child's mouth.
These factors don't mean that a child has been harmed, but it can make you aware of the possibility that a child may be at risk.
Caring for children can feel overwhelming, especially if the parent or carer:-
Understanding the possible triggers doesn't justify child abuse. Parents are responsible for the care of their children and need to recognise when they need help before harm occurs.
Some community attitudes can also make it easier for abuse to take place. These include:-
Text - The State of Queensland 2012, About How To Prevent Child Abuse, https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/how-to-prevent-child-abuse.html Last updated: 17 September, 2012; Viewed 26 October, 2012.
© S. D. Goeldner, 2012. Last updated August, 2019.
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