Signs of emotional abuse

There might not be any obvious physical signs of emotional abuse or neglect. And a child might not tell anyone what's happening until they reach a 'crisis point'. That's why it's important to look out for signs in how a child is acting. As children grow up, their emotions changes. This means it can be difficult to tell if they're being emotionally abused. But children who are being emotionally abused might:

 

  • seem unconfident or lack self-assurance

  • struggle to control their emotions

  • have difficulty making or maintaining relationships

  • act in a way that's inappropriate for their age.

    Signs in babies and toddlers

  • Babies and pre-school children who are being emotionally abused or neglected might:

  • be overly-affectionate to strangers or people they don't know well

  • seem unconfident, wary or anxious

  • not have a close relationship or bond with their parent

  • be aggressive or cruel towards other children or animals.

 

     Signs in older children

  • Older children might:

  •  use language you wouldn't expect them to know for their age

  • act in a way or know about things you wouldn't expect them to know for their age struggle to control their emotions

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  •     have extreme outbursts

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  •     seem isolated from their parents

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  •     lack social skills

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  •     have few or no friends.

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