All school and college staff should be aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases multiple issues will overlap with one another. Be vigilant for the following signs that a pupil might be subject to one or more of the common types of abuse.
Physical abuse (eg hitting, throwing, burning or suffocating) may be indicated if a pupil:
refuses to discuss, or gives improbable explanations for, injuries
has untreated injuries or a lingering illness
admits punishment which appears excessive
shrinks from physical contact
demonstrates a fear of returning home or of parents being contacted
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