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Children & young people

Children & young people

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

There is a guide for young people to explain what Working Together to Safeguard Children means to them. To access this guide, please click here.

If you have worries or concerns go to reporting concerns.

Definitions of Abuse

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called 'Significant Harm') is defined as Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse or Neglect.

Physical Abuse: When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

Emotional Abuse: This would happen, for instance, when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything all the time, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

Sexual Abuse: 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 woild also include targeting and grooming a child for sexual exploitation.

Neglect: 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.

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