What types of signs or behaviors do mandated reporters look for in a child who may have been abused?
People can look for different signs both physical and behavioral. Typical signs can include depression, anxiety, guilt, fear, sexual dysfunction, withdrawal, and acting out. There was be inappropriate sexual behavior, fear of the opposite sex, or inappropriate sexual knowledge, sexual interest, or sexual acting out. Physically we bleeding, brusiing, swelling, or pain in the mouth, genital, or anal regions. Change in appetite, failing at school, sleep problems, suicide attempts, durg and alcohol use, clinging behavior, avoidance of school or friends, and others.