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About Abuse

What is Abuse?

 Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called significant harm) is often put into four groups.


 A fist
Physical Abuse is when an adult deliberately hurts a child such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocation.


An eye with a tear

Emotional Abuse could happen, for example, if a child is always being blamed for everything or told that they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.


A house with a person inside

Neglect is where a child is not being looked after properly, or not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.


An exclamation mark

Sexual Abuse could be where a child is made to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.


How can you keep you and your friends safe?

  • Tell someone you trust if someone is making you feel uncomfortable
  • If you think someone is behaving suspiciously, tell someone
  • Don't take gifts from people you don't know very well
  • Don't leave home without telling your parents/carers where you are going
  • Should loudly if someone is asking you to do something you are not happy about
  • Never accept lifts from strangers
  • If you go out with friends, stick together, even if you fall out

Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board

  • Civic Offices
  • Euclid Street
  • Swindon
  • SN1 2JH
  • 01793 463803
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