Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely,by a stranger for example, via the internet. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
Children often don’t tell others about the abuse because they are frightened about what may happen to them or they feel they may not be believed. Although they want the abuse to stop they may love the abuser and don’t want him or her punished for the abuse.
If you suspect a child is suffering any form of abuse call 01803 208100.
Recognising the signs of a child who is being taken advantage of sexually.
Recognising the signs that a child has witnessed domestic abuse.
People alter and cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Find out more about people who are forced into marrying someone they don't want to.
Find out more about the exploitation and trade in humans.
What to do if your child is being bullied or abused online.