What is child abuse?
Child abuse is when a child is intentionally harmed by an adult or another child – it can be over a period of time but can also be a one-off action. It can be physical, sexual or emotional and it can happen in person or online. It can also be a lack of love, care and attention – this is neglect.
Types of abuse
Find out about the different types of child abuse, what signs to look out for and what to do if you have concerns about a child.
Spotting the signs
We can help you to recognise the signs of abuse and give you support if you're worried about a child.
Effects of abuse
Find out about how child abuse happens, its effects and how we can work together to give a child who's been abused the support they need.
Children share their stories of experiencing abuse or neglect - and how they found hope for the future.
Reporting child abuse and neglect
Whether you want to report child abuse and neglect, or are worried about a child and not sure what to do, we have advice for you.
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How we're working to keep children safe
Working with schools
Help us make a difference
Whether it's volunteering for us, challenging yourself with an event or campaigning, there are lots of ways you can help us keep more children safe.
Do you work or volunteer with children or families?
Visit NSPCC Learning to find information, resources and training to help you respond to child abuse and neglect.