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Children & young people

Children & young people



These pages offer support and advice to children and young people.


If you have worries or concerns go to reporting concerns.

Child abuse is any action by another person- adult or child- that causes significant harm to a child.  It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention.

Abuse can be:

 Physical: Physical abuse is deliberately hurting a child, for example, through hitting, shaking, throwing etc.  It can cause injuries such as bruises, broken bones, cuts or burns. 

 Emotional: Emotional abuse is where a child is made to feel worthless, unhappy and unloved.  It may involve unfairly blaming a child, or deliberately trying to scare, humiliate, isolate or ignore the child.

Sexual : An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or images of a child are created, used or shared for sexual gratification. Sexual abuse can involve contact, or can be non contact abuse. 

Neglect: Neglect is the failure to meet a child's basic needs. It is where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.

Other forms of harm include:

Bullying: Bullying includes calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting or getting people into trouble.

Domestic Abuse: When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult, for example physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

Sexual Exploitation: You may have heard it called 'trafficking' or 'grooming' and this involves adults getting young people into swapping or selling sex for 'something,' like, gifts, money, drugs, alcohol or affection.