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What are the definitions and signs of child abuse?

Help and advice for organisations working with children from NSPCC Consultancy Services

The definitions and signs of child abuse The definitions and signs of child abuse (PDF, 132KB) is a factsheet for anyone working in voluntary, community and commercial organisations that have child protection policies in place.

It defines the following categories of child abuse and provides guidance on how to recognise the signs of each:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect
  • bullying.

The definitions and signs of child abuse (PDF, 132KB)