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Recognising child abuse & neglect

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There are four recognised categories of child abuse: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse.

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Physical Abuse When an adult, child or young person deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

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Emotional Abuse 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.

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Neglect Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.

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Sexual Abuse 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.

In addition to these 4 categories of abuse, there are other ways in which a child or young person can suffer harm including:

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Bullying E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble.

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Domestic Abuse is when one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

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You can find out more information by visiting the following organisations.

Childline - abuse and safety

Bullying UK - advcie for parents / carers

Kidscape - advice for parents /carers

The NSPCC - child abuse and neglect

The NSPCC - The Underwear Rule

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