What is child abuse?

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child contact the Southampton Children's Resource Service on 023 8083 3004.

Call 999 if you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger.

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Every family is different, but all children should be kept safe, feel loved, and receive an education. All children need to feel safe and have rules and boundaries.

Most parents/carers do everything they can to look after their children, but some may have difficulties and children may suffer as a result. There are adults whose job it is to help them.

The NSPCC defines child abuse as when a child is intentionally harmed by an adult or another child. 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.

Abuse often occurs within a relationship of trust e.g. a family member or friend.

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