The Child Sexual Abuse Centre have this week launched their new Signs and Indicators Template, which is available free to download in both English and Welsh.
Research indicates that just one in three children who had been sexually abused by an adult told anyone. For those abused by another child this was even less, with just five out of six speaking to anyone.
There are many barriers to children sharing their experiences of sexual abuse. We know from research and data that it simply isn’t likely that a child will feel able to tell professionals directly what is happening or recognise that what is happening to them is abuse.
Using the Signs and Indicators Template professionals are able to note what they have observed directly into the template, using practical evidence-based guidance. The template is designed to provide a common language amongst professionals to discuss, record and share concerns that a child is being, or has been sexually abused.
Head to the CSA Centre's website HERE or you can download a copy of the Signs and Indicators document HERE