What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any action by another person, adult or child, that causes or is likely to cause significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We also know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as abuse. An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. Abuse can also occur online.

Our safeguarding themes pages provide information and advice on the different types of abuse and how to spot the signs.

What to do if you think a child is at risk of abuse or neglect

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