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 any adults, not only 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.