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Child Protection Month – April 2011

Continuing information on child abuse:

Physical abuse of children

Physical abuse is the intentional physical injury or pattern of injuries caused by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

Signs of physical abuse:

  • Unexplained bruises or welts
  • Burns
  • Unexplained lumps and bumps
  • Cigarette burns
  • Dental or oral injuries
  • Fractures to limbs
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts


A child who is being physically abused may:

  • Be afraid and timid
  • Scared to go home
  • Resist physical contact
  • Be violent towards others
  • Be too eager to please
  • Be depressed
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Be absent from school regularly

Parents and caregivers are being asked to find more  appropriate ways to discipline their children. Taking away privileges or giving time out is more effective than beating or flogging and is safer for the child’s emotional and physical health.

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