What is abuse?
Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘significant harm‘) is known as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect or emotional abuse.
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating
This would happen, for instance, when a child is being unfairly blamed all the time for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
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
For example: calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble, See Bullying
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially