Types of Abuse

Being mistreated or abused (sometimes called ‘Significant Harm') is defined as Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect or Emotional Abuse.

If you are worried or unsure that you or another child may be suffering, or have suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact the Children’s Reception Team at Hants Direct on 0300 300 0117 (anytime day or night).

Neglect

Where a child is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations or not being taken to medical appointments.

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Physical Abuse

When an adult hurts a child on purpose, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

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Emotional Abuse

This could happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.

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Sexual Abuse

Examples of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.

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Domestic Violence

When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another adult e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially.

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Bullying

E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble.

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Worried About A Child or Friend or Do You Need Help?

Children’s Reception Team
(IOW Social Care)

Phone Number: 0300 300 0117. Call any time day or night

Report your concerns about yourself, a child or friend to Children’s Reception Team (IOW Social Care)

Police

If there is immediate danger call 999

Phone Number: 0808 800 5000 or if you are 18 or under call 0800 11 11

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