Signs and Indicators Template of Sexual Abuse – Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (February 2022)

Summary: The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse who have published sign and indicator template to support professionals gathering the wider signs and indicators of sexual abuse to build a picture of their concerns. 

 

 

Description:

Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse have published sign and indicator template (also available in Welsh) to support professionals gathering the wider signs and indicators of sexual abuse to build a picture of their concerns. This template provides a starting point to prompt further exploration and should be used dynamically rather than as a one-off – more information may emerge over time, so you to revisit the template periodically.

There is a video explaining how best to use the template, which may also be of interest.

Although children find it very difficult to tell professionals about the harm they are experiencing they may show other emotional, behavioural and physical signs of their abuse.

It is vital that professionals have the knowledge, skills and confidence to recognise when children might be showing them that something is wrong, as well as the potential indicators of sexually abusive behaviour in those who may be abusing them.

In addition, there are some factors within the family or environment which can increase opportunities for abuse to occur, understanding what these are will enable us to reduce risks and build strengths when we are concerned. Please note, the template is designed to inform practice, rather than determine, decision-making. Please note that the signs and indicators template is not a risk assessment tool, substitute for further observation or for directly communicating with children and their families. The resource should be used to complement local practices if appropriate at a local level.