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Child Protection Month – April 2011

Emotional abuse and Neglect

Emotional abuse is the repeated rejection and humiliation of a child, constant negative communication, withholding love and affection and the ultimate destruction of the child’s self-esteem.

Signs of emotional abuse:

  • Physical problems resulting from stress
  • Poor performance at school
  • Low self-esteem

Behaviour:

  • Depressed
  • Excessively passive or aggressive
  • Sleep problems
  • Slow development

Neglect is the failure, intentional or unintentional, of a parent or guardian to provide food, shelter, clothing, health care and education for a child.

Signs of neglect:

  • Unkempt appearance
  • Lack of medical or dental care
  • Developmental lags

Behaviour:

  • Begs for food
  • Steals
  • Shows lack of interest
  • Appears dull, tired and listless
  • Constant fatigue
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