Unit 1. The Context for Children
Unit 2: Understanding child abuse
Unit 3: Understanding child safeguarding
Unit 4: Safeguarding concerns and abuse

4.2: Learning points

In this lesson, we have focused our attention on how to recognise abuse and more specifically on what are indicators of abuse.

Key learning points include:

  • Most indicators are not in themselves proof of abuse. But they should alert participants to the possibility and help them to consider what the next steps should be to support or investigate concerns about a particular child
  • Children often display particular behaviours, defined as ‘challenging’, to communicate their distress about what is happening to them
  • Workers need to be able to recognise changes in behaviour and not punish the child.