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Why is physical abuse in high risk families an NSPCC theme? Read more about physical abuse in our summary.


The governments in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland set out child protection policies on protecting children from physical abuse and on physical punishment.  Learn about government policy.

Practice and Guidance

Advice and guidance for professionals working with families to protect children from physical abuse. See our list of practice resources.


Evidence highlights the risk factors and consequences of physical abuse on children. Read the research literature.


One in nine young adults were severely physically abused by an adult at some point in childhood. Look at the statistics.

NSPCC services

The NSPCC is delivering four services specifically around physical abuse in high risk families in addition to services for the public and professionals. Find out more about the NSPCC's services.

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