Bystander intervention, or active bystanding, plays a critical role in child protection but can be intimidating. A bystander may hesitate to intervene because of the fear of backlash or of misreading a situation. Sometimes, a bystander may simply not know they need to intervene. It isn’t always obvious when a child is being abused, so as the child’s advocate and protector, the bystander must be able to recognize the signs.
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