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Child Abuse Prevention

Child abuse and neglect can touch every community. It’s important to know and understand both the risk factors and warning signs of child abuse. 

Risk factors for parents include, but are not limited to: isolation from family or community, difficulty controlling anger and stress, substance abuse, lack of interest in care or nourishment of children, and serious economic, housing, or personal problems. 

Warning signs to look for in children consist of nervousness around adults, aggression, inability to concentrate for an extended amount of time, dramatic personality/activity changes, acting out sexually or having an interest in sex that is not age appropriate, frequent or unexplained bruises, low self esteem and poor hygiene. 

Additional Information/Follow Up

If you suspect or know a child who is being abused, call:

Delaware County Children and Youth Services in Upper Darby

Chester Children and Youth Services

Pathways PA

Pennsylvania Childline

Visit Stand for Children or National Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children.

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