What is child abuse?
Child abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or neglect.
- Physical abuse is where someone injures or hurts a child - this includes all forms of physical harm.
- Sexual abuse is where someone makes a child take part in sexual activities, whether or not they use force.
- Emotional abuse is where adults treat a child badly over time in ways that damage their emotional development, making them feel
- worthless and unloved
- Neglect is where adults fail to meet a child's basic needs; this could be by leaving them alone, not sending them to school, not keeping them clean or not providing:
- medical care
- protection from danger