What is Abuse?

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘significant harm’) is known as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect or emotional abuse.

physicalPhysical Abuse

This happens if an adult deliberately hurts you, such as by hitting, shaking, throwing or poisoning you or by burning, drowning or suffocating you

 emotionalEmotional Abuse

This would happen, for instance, if you are being unfairly blamed all the time for everything, or told you are stupid and made to feel unhappy



Where you are not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations

 sexualSexual Abuse

Sometimes someone might touch you in ways you do not like. No one has the right to touch you in a bad way; or force you to touch them or other people


For example: calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble, See Bullying


Domestic Abuse

This is when one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult