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Physical signs of child abuse

This published article could be used as a reference to support certain statements or recommendations in your court report about signs of physical child abuse.

  • This study offers a brief summary of what child abuse is and the broad types of child abuse.
  • This article goes further to describe some of the general causes of child abuse such as people with poor impulse control who might physically abuse a child.
  • The study then outlines factors which help in the identification of physically abused children.
  • Physical signs and symptoms of physical child abuse in the lips, face, nose, head, intraoral (inside the mouth), teeth and Maxilla (upper jaw) and Mandible (lower jaw) are given.
  • This article also lists medical conditions that might have symptoms similar to those of physical abuse.

How can you relate this to practise?

  • Should you struggle to identify abuse in a child, this article might help you do this.
  • If you have a case in which the child has some signs of physical abuse but you want literature to support your statement that it is an indicator of abuse, then you can reference this article.

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