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Possible indicators of child abuse and neglect
By themselves, these signs do not prove abuse or neglect. But they do tell us we need to know more about the child's circumstances. They can be the result of phenomena such as divorce, separation, death of a significant person or the arrival of a new sibling. That's why indicators must be assessed by professionals. The important thing to know is what the signs are, and how to report them if a child may need protection.

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