Child abuse is a complex issue which includes many different forms of maltreatment.
Some groups of children are particularly vulnerable and some types of abuse are particularly serious due to the harm caused and the impact of that harm on the child's life.
The NSPCC's seven themes
The NSPCC has identified seven priority themes (three serious forms of abuse and four groups of vulnerable children) where it will be focusing its services over the coming years.
Related child protection topics
There are also forms of child abuse and child protection topics that link across these seven themes.