Physical abuse is when the child is subject to bodily harm or unreasonable child-rearing methods by their parents or another person, and the parents do not take the action necessary to end the situation.
It is also when a child is at serious risk of experiencing bodily harm or of being subjected to unreasonable child-rearing methods by their parents or another person, and the parents do not take the action necessary to end the situation.
- The child has unexplained injuries, bruises or other signs of being hit;
- The child has unexplained fractures or repeated injuries;
- The child says their parents hit them when they don’t obey;
- The child says their parents have injured another child in the family;
- The child flinches when you approach them quickly, as if they think you were going to hit them;
- The child is aggressive with adults or peers;
- The child refuses to undergo a medical examination;
- The child displays sudden changes in behaviour (e.g.: abrupt drop in school performance, loss of appetite);
- The parents use unreasonable child-rearing or correction methods (e.g.: use of objects such as a belt or a stick, or isolation in an enclosed space for long periods of time);
- The parents give evasive or contradictory answers about the child’s injuries or behaviour;
- The parents try to hide the child’s injuries.