Child Abuse

Child abuse is when a parent or carer, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child either physically, emotionally or neglectfully.

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I think I know a child being abused
You believe you know a child who is being abused
I have been abused
You believe that you have been abused by an adult
I have been abused but didn’t report it at the time
You wish to report child abuse that happened in the past which you didn’t report at the time
I want to speak to someone independent about child abuse
You want to speak to someone about child abuse other than the police
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened

Your situation

I have been physically abused
You or the child you know has suffered physical abuse
I have been verbally abused
You or the child you know has suffered verbal abuse
I have been neglected
You or the child you know have not been looked after properly
I have been forced to have sex with someone
You or the child you know have been raped
Someone has touched me inappropriately
You or the child you know have been sexually assaulted
This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns

The person who did this

I know who did this
You have details of, or know who carried out the abuse
I’m related to the person who abused me
You may have been abused by someone in your family
I don’t know who did this but I do have a description
You have a description of what the suspect or suspects look like
I don't have a name or description of anyone involved, but I do have other details
You do not have a description or name of people involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the suspect
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this


There is video footage or photos
There may be CCTV, video or images of the incident or offender
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
There may be evidence such as bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints or saliva
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
Someone involved said something, or wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I have injuries
You have physical wounds such as bruises or scratches
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation


This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I’m worried no one will believe me or I will get into trouble
You are worried that if you report the incident no one will believe you or you will end up getting into trouble because of it
I'm worried about going to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I don’t want to be medically examined
You are worried about the medical process and don’t want anyone to examine you
I don’t want anyone to find out what happened to me
You don't want anyone else to know what's happened to you
I am worried that this may happen again
You are worried that the abuse may continue or happen again


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