Signs of Abuse and Neglect
Signs of abuse
Child abuse happens when a person – adult or child – harms a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can also involve a lack of love, care and attention. Neglect can be just as damaging to a child as physical or sexual abuse.
Abuse can be carried out by anyone, family members, friends, people you meet, people you know and strangers.
You or children and young people you know may be too frightened to tell anyone about their fears and problems. You or someone you know may feel confused, guilty or ashamed to tell someone especially if its someone you know. Don’t be frightened, abuse is not allowed.
Types of abuse
There are lots of different types of abuse. Below we explain what is meant by different forms of abuse.