Types of child abuse
Child abuse is where anyone under the age of 18 is harmed or not given the care they need. There are 4 main types of abuse. If any of these things is happening to you, let us know.
If someone purposely hurts a child or young person this is physical abuse.
This could be, hitting, shaking, burning, drowning or suffocating.
If a child or young person is asked or forced to take part in or watch sexual activity, this is sexual abuse.
This can include making a child or young person do sexual things to themselves or other people, showing them sexual material or taking photos or filming them doing sexual things.
Emotional abuse is when a child or young person is made to feel worthless, wrong, unfairly blamed, bullied or frightened.
Neglect is when a child or young person is not looked after properly. Children need food, shelter, safety, clothing, cleanliness, access to medical treatment and protection from harm.Print this page