Signs of Abuse and Neglect

Warning signs of abuse and neglect:

  • Multiple bruises or injuries that keep coming back.
  • Being sad or angry; may act withdrawn, fearful or depressed.
  • Changes in behavior, sudden mood-swings.
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping.
  • "Acting out" or engaging in risky behavior.
  • Frequently late or absent from school.
  • Avoids or delays going home after school.
  • Obviously unhealthy, such as being sick or tired most of the time.
  • Dirty or poor personal hygiene, inadequately clothed. 

Signs that a parent could get abusive:

  • Appear overwhelmed and stressed out.
  • Uses harsh physical discipline with child.
  • Constantly belittles or humiliates child.
  • Parenting seriously affected by substance abuse or untreated mental health issue.

The Kempe Child Protection Team provides comprehensive medical evaluations in our weekly outpatient clinic and through inpatient and emergency department consultations at Children's Hospital Colorado. The Kempe Center's IMHOFF Clinic offers a variety of services that are family-based and short-term with the goal of improving children’s mental health, building their developmental competencies and improving family functioning.  These services are tailored to the individual needs of the children and families that we work with.