Abuse (and neglect) is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse a child by inflicting, or by failing to act to prevent, significant harm to the child.
In a child protection context, there are three key different types of abuse:
- Physical abuse is the causing of physical harm to a child or young person.
- Emotional abuse is persistent emotional neglect or ill treatment of a child causing severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development.
- Sexual abuse is any act that involves the child in any activity for the sexual gratification of another whether or not it is claimed that the child either consented or assented.
View more resources relating to Child Abuse in our e-library.
• StopItNow! Scotland national programme for the prevention of child sexual abuse
• CHILDREN1st sexual abuse campaign
• Scottish Women’s Aid information for children and young people around domestic abuse