You are worried about a child
This section applies to those children about whom you are concerned, perhaps as a result of a change in behaviour or presentation, or because they are behaving in a sexually concerning way to themselves or others. These children may be showing signs of distress, which may indicate they are experiencing sexual abuse, however they have not told you they are being, or have been, sexually abused.
It is important to note that signs of distress may indicate a number of problems as well as, or other than, sexual abuse.
The exact method of communication you use when talking to a child will very much depend on the context within which you are having the conversation, the context for the child, and your relationship with them. At this stage, you may have noticed a change in the child’s behaviour which has led to you having concerns. How you approach these concerns will depend on the context for the child, their communication needs, and most likely their age.
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