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Dealing with abuse and neglect

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Physical abuse and emotional abuse include domestic abuse, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs. A child may be left hungry, unwashed, without suitable accommodation or without the appropriate medical care then the child is sick.

According to the NSPCC there are 4 main types of neglect:

  1. Physical neglect - failing to provide a child's basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and/or not keeping them safe from harm.

  2. Educational neglect - failing to ensure that a child attends school and receive an education.

  3. Emotional neglect - failing to attend to the emotional needs of the child by ignoring them, humiliating them, intimidating them or isolating the child.

  4. Medical neglect - failing to get medical help when the child is sick, failing to make or turn up for medical appointments, including dental appointments.

What can a person do if they are concerned that someone is being abused or neglected?

  • Tell someone what has been happening - this could be another trusted adult, a parent/guardian, a friend, a teacher in school.

  • Ring the police on 101

  • Consider talking to someone at an organisation that can give advice and help with the bullying experience such as:

- NSPCC on 0808 800 5000

- ChildLine on 0800 1111

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