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Child abuse and neglect (QS179)

Quality Standard

Quality statement

Children and young people who display marked changes in behaviour or emotional state are encouraged to talk about their wellbeing.


Children and young people can find it difficult to tell someone or even understand that they are being abused or neglected. However, they may communicate an emotional reaction to their experiences indirectly through their behaviour. Practitioners who work with the same group of children or young people for an extended period are in a position to notice changes in the child or young person's behaviour, emotional state or attitude. These changes should be a prompt to explore concerns through a sensitive enquiry about their wellbeing, giving them space and opportunity to talk. Creating a supportive environment for the conversation, being sensitive and asking open questions may encourage children and young people to disclose abuse or neglect when they feel ready.