Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Physical Abuse of Children
Often, you can help a child who may be a victim of child abuse by simply being observant. The following are some warning signs that might indicate a present or potential abuse situation:
Warning signs in children:
- Repeated bruises, burns, bites, broken bones, black eyes or other injuries,
- Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school,
- Is scared when approached by an adult
- Overly passive, aggressive or destructive behaviour,
- Dirty and torn clothing or improper dress for the weather,
- Frequently hungry, emaciated-looking or constantly tired,
- Lack of supervision and a high rate of school absenteeism.
- Uncontrollable temper,
- Abuse of drugs or alcohol,
- Little love or attention demonstrated for child,
- Grandiose expectations of the child and little or no display of satisfaction or affection,
- Failure to provide the child with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and appropriate supervision.
If you suspect that a child has been abused, contact the Durham Children's Aid Society at (905) 433-1551 or the Durham Regional Police Service at (905) 579-1520. Professionals such as doctors, teachers and daycare workers are obligated to report suspected child abuse to the Children's Aid Society under the Child and Family Services Act.
Children's Aid Society (CAS) workers have the responsibility and the authority to investigate allegations and to provide services to protect children. A Children's Aid Society worker may, as part of the investigation and plan to protect the child, involve the police and other community agencies.
The Durham Regional Police Service’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit investigates crimes against children and works in partnership with CAS.
From: Child Safety Handbook published by the Durham Regional Police Association