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What is Abuse?

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Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm.

Abuse (also called Significant Harm) can happen to a child at any age. Abusers can be adults but not just parents or carers, abuse often occurs within a relationship of trust e.g. a teacher, carer, family friend or youth leader.

There are four main types of child abuse: Click on the title for more detail

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Emotional Abuse


Other forms of Abuse

There are many other forms of abuse, such as abuse of children with a disability, racism, domestic abuse/violence, serious bullying; for more information go to one of the following useful websites:

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