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Parents: What is child abuse?

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called significant harm) is often put into four groups.

Physical Abuse
Physical Abuse is when an adult deliberately hurts a child such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocation.

Emotional Abuse
Emotional Abuse could happen, for example, if a child is always being blamed for everything or told that they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

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

Sexual Abuse
Sexual Abuse could be where a child is made to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.

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