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Child Protection

Child Protection ‹ Recognising Child Abuse

Recognising Child Abuse

Types of child abuse and possible indicators

Child abuse occurs when a child has been subjected to physical, sexual or emotional abuse and/or neglect which has resulted in, or is likely to result in, harm to the child’s wellbeing.  Child abuse may involve ongoing, repeated or persistent abuse, or arise from a single incident.

Types of child abuse include:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse (including psychological abuse and being exposed to an act of family violence)
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect

For detailed information refer to the Fact sheet: possible indicators of abuse.

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Recognising Child Abuse

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