What is Abuse?

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘Significant Harm') is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.

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

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.

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

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.

Organisations that can help:


The NSPCC Underwear Rule



Rape Crisis - long-term specialised support, counselling and independent advocacy for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives

Survivors UK - support and advice for male rape and sexual abuse victims

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

Domestic Violence - When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.


The Government have launched the Disrespect NoBody campaign to raise awareness about healthy relationships for teenagers and young people.    

The focus of the campaign is not just on potential victims, and how to recognise the signs and escape from potentially damaging relationships, but also on perpetrators and getting them to change their ways.



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