03 February 2011

Child abuse: early warning signs

For Child Protection Week, we focus on factors that could make children vulnerable to abuse. If you become aware of these factors, you should be more alert about child abuse.

All children should be born equal, but they are not.

1. Parental factors
It is well known that abusive parents often report having been physically, sexually or emotionally abused themselves as children. In the case of paedophiles in particular, there is strong evidence that they have experienced abuse as children – the cycle of abuse therefore continues.


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