Child abuse: How does it affect development?

Child abuse: How does it affect development?

Posted on Feb 26, 2016

Child abuse: How does it affect development?



Child development milestones.

Every child is unique, developing at his or her own rate. But as you know, it’s important to track key milestones, which can be measured through emotional, intellectual, physical and language developments, as well as social interaction. 

Whilst these five areas are separate, they do interlink. For example, if Jenny hasn’t got fully developed language skills, she might find it much more difficult to develop her social skills.

If you come into contact with children you need to be aware of a whole range of development milestones; you can find them detailed in our child protection course.

Child Neglect can be the cause of a child not meeting a milestone.  But there could be other reasons why a little boy or girl has not reached the correct weight or height for their age.  So how do you know when to worry about child abuse? 


There are risk factors to look out for. They include:


  • A child’s relationship with their parents and caregivers, their brothers and sisters
  • Their community – including the social and economic environment the child lives in
  • The school environment – including their exposure to playgroups and nurseries
  • Disabilities – children and young people with a disability are more than three times as likely to suffer abuse.


For more information on child development milestones try flick’s child protection training today by clicking here

To read more about the possible signs of child neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse click on the following links:

the possible signs of child physical abuse

the possible signs of child neglect

the possible signs of child emotional abuse

the possible signs of child sexual abuse



Need help to remember the possible signs?


Download our free signs of child abuse posters today to help your staff remember the possible signs of child abuse.


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Action to take if you suspect child abuse


If you suspect child abuse, don’t ignore it. Report it to your manager/safeguarding lead immediately.

If your organisation doesn't have one, consider contacting children’s social care or the police on 999

At flick we offer affordable child protection training that covers what child abuse is, how it affects child development, what to do and how to react to a disclosure, how to report concerns and what your legal duty and responsibilities are as someone who works with children and young people. 


Our level 2 accredited child protection course covers key points from: 

  • Working together to safeguard children (2015) in England
  • Safeguarding children: working together under the Children Act 2004 in Wales
  • National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (2014)
  • Co-operating to safeguarding children (2003) in Northern Ireland
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019). 


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