Abuse and neglect - information for children

Abuse can take many different forms, whether it's physical, emotional, sexual or if you're simply not being looked after properly. It's not always easy to know what it is or what to do about it.

Abuse can be:

  • Physical − where someone is using their hands, feet or an object to hit and hurt you. No matter what the reason, it is wrong.
  • Emotional − when someone calls you names, is putting you down or making you feel left out. You don't have to put up with it.
  • Sexual − if someone tricks, forces or pressurises you to do something sexual. This can include touching you without consent and can include rape and sexual assault, online grooming, domestic abuse or violence.

If you are not being looked after properly then that is neglect.

You should be loved and cared for, given enough to eat and drink and have clean clothes and shoes to wear.

Your parents or carers should give you somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep and help you with your education or when you are ill.

If you, or someone you know is being abused or neglected, contact Derbyshire County Council's Starting Point on tel: 01629 533190.