A child will not always tell you when something is wrong so, you have to know how to recognise child abuse. Most parents have good instincts and can tell when something is going on. You know that feeling. When there is something that is just not right but you cannot put your finger on it. Make sure you are aware of the many signs and symptoms of child abuse and if you suspect that anyone may be abusing your child in any way, physically, emotionally, or sexually, get to the bottom of it no matter what the cost.
 
If your child is coming home with bruises or other injuries, talk to the care provider face-to-face. Notice if they are defensive in telling you what happened to your child. And, go with your gut. If you are not satisfied with the explanation you are getting from the care provider, report the incident to local authorities and let them investigate.
 
If you notice signs of mental abuse in your child, again, you should talk directly to the care giver. Ask them how they are disciplining your child and tell about the behaviours you have witnessed. If you find that you do not agree with their discipline tactics you may want to move your child to another facility.
 
If you notice any signs of sexual abuse however, do not talk directly to the care provider about it.
File an official report with local authorities and get your child to the hospital immediately.

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