Educate Yourself on Warning Signs of Child Abuse

F.A.I.T.H. (Fight Abuse in the Home) announces that #ChildAbusePrevention month means caregivers (and all adults) should educate themselves on the warning signs. Paying close attention to mood or behavior changes is the first step in ensuring a child’s safety is a priority. Here are some indications that you need to do a “check-in” with your child:

Sudden changes in behavior, such as becoming withdrawn, fearful, or excessively clingy.

Displaying aggressive or disruptive behaviors, including tantrums, outbursts, or mood swings.

Exhibiting regression in developmental milestones, such as bedwetting, thumb sucking, or speech difficulties, especially if the child had previously mastered these skills.

If your child does report being unsafe or reports they have experienced child abuse, thank them for trusting you, and immediately call 911 or 1-866-GA-CHILD if you are a resident of Georgia. Contact F.A.I.T.H.’s 24-hour crisis line at 888-782-1338 for more helpful information.