The child's behaviour or presentation
This section offers guidance on how to talk to a child whose behaviour has led you to be concerned about possible sexual abuse.
What is the purpose of your discussion?
At the moment you have concerns about a child whose behaviour has led to you considering the possibility that they may be experiencing sexual abuse. The child may have become unusually quiet and withdrawn recently, started to bully other children, displayed sexualised behaviour, or something else. Whatever the reason for your concerns, it is likely that you want to talk to the child about their behaviour. You want to ‘open a door’ for the child to talk to you about any concerns or worries they have, whether or not these relate to child sexual abuse.