A child
with ASD has a higher chance of being abused, harmed and neglected; abuse causes
harm to the child both sexually, physically and emotionally.(NSPCC, 2018).

Identifying a vulnerable child in the health service is extremely important to
protect and safeguard them, every professional should provide early help and
understand clearly of the needs of that vulnerable child. There are many signs
of child abuse that health care professionals can spot; physical abuse signs
can be bruising in unusual areas, also poor hygiene seen on the child can
indicate neglect. Bruising is one way of spotting abuse however a child’s behaviour
can also be another sign; the child’s attendance to school is also another
indication. (RCN, 2014)