Child abuse and neglect
Child abuse is when an adult causes emotional, sexual or physical harm to a child, or when a child’s basic needs are neglected.
Accidents which cause harm to a child aren’t necessarily child abuse, but serious neglect of a child's safety could be abuse.
Child abuse may sometimes be a one-off incident. But often, abuse takes place repeatedly over a period of time and usually involves more than one kind of abuse.
There are many types of child abuse and all of them can cause devastating life-long impacts. The most serious cases cause death.
The signs of child abuse vary depending on the age of the child or adolescent and not all children who display these symptoms have been abused.