What is Abuse?

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

 
Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse:
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
     
  Emotional Abuse Emotional Abuse:
This would happen, for instance, when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything, all the time, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
     
  Sexual Abuse Sexual Abuse:
An examples of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
     
  Bullying Bullying:
E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble (See Bullying)
     
  Domestic Violence Domestic Violence:
When someone aged 16 or over in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially. (See Healthy Relationships)
     
  Neglect Neglect:
Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.