What is Abuse?
Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm.
Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘[tooltip text=”Significant Harm is any Physical, Sexual, or Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Accident or Injury that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect progress and enjoyment of life. Harm is defined as the ill treatment or impairment of health and development”]Significant Harm[/tooltip]’) is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
This would happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another family member e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.
The Underwear Rule
As it can sometimes be very difficult to discuss issues surrounding child abuse, the NSPCC has launched a campaign designed to help parents talk to their children about keeping safe.
More information can be found by visiting the NSPCC website or by downloading one of the guides below: