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Child abuse can mean a lot of different things such as neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse - it's not always easy to know if you or someone you know is being abused. But the important thing to remember is that no-one has the right to hurt you or make you do anything that feels wrong.

Here you can find out what abuse means, what you can do to stop it, and who can help you.

Please remember - if you or someone you know is being abused in any way, then the most important thing to do is talk to someone about it.

Types of Abuse


Neglect is when you are not being looked after or supervised properly. If the people who are supposed to look after you don't give you the important things you need, or make it hard for you to take care of yourself, then that's neglect.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is when someone deliberately hurts or injures you. Hitting, kicking, beating with objects, throwing and shaking, poisoning, burning and scalding are all physical abuse, and can cause pain, cuts, bruising, broken bones and sometimes even death. No one has the right to hurt you in this way.

Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer makes up and pretends that you have symptoms of illness, or deliberately causes you to be ill.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is when someone tries to make you feel bad. This can be saying things on purpose to scare you, put you down, humiliate or hurt you. It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing you to feel frightened or in danger.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is pressurised, forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. This can include kissing, touching the young person's genitals (private parts) or breasts, intercourse or oral sex. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls. Sexual abuse is not solely carried out by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

If you are being sexually abused it's not your fault and you're not alone.

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