Child abuse is when a child is intentionally harmed by another person – 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.
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse.
You can find out more about the types of abuse on the NSPCC website.
If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused contact the children’s social care team at their local council.
For Surrey the website is www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/childrens-social-care/contact-childrens-services
For Hampshire the website is www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/contacts
You’ll be asked for your details, but you can choose not to share them.
Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk, or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.
More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse