If you tell an adult about abuse or neglect they will need to share this information with others if they think you are ‘at risk of harm’. This is to make sure that you are safe and get the support you need.
If you want to talk to someone about abuse or neglect of any kind call ChildLine free on 0800 1111ChildLine
It’s important to protect yourself if you’re online. The Childline website has the lowdown on everything from online bullying to social media, to keeping yourself safe from online grooming and how to protect your personal info.
There are different ways children and young people can be hurt or abused. Find out more below.
If you are a parent or professional and have concerns about a child or young person, the Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board website has information on where to go for help in Leeds.
Physical abuse may involve being hit, slapped or kicked. It could involve being locked in a room, or being restrained inappropriately.Childline
Sexual abuse involves someone being made to take part in a sexual activity when the person does not, or is not able to give their consent.Childline
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse where someone is taking advantage of children or young people for money, power or status. It could be through physical contact or online.Barnardos
Emotional or psychological abuse
Emotional or psychological abuse includes being shouted at, or bullied. It also includes being made to feel frightened.Childline
Neglect means not giving proper care so that the child or young person being harmed. It might include being left at home alone too young or not receiving enough food.Childline
If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. If you feel scared, intimidated or controlled by someone you might be in an abusive relationship.Disrespect Nobody
Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation – also called FGM, female circumcision, cutting or sunna – is when a girl’s external genitals (private parts) are cut away. This is abuse, and it is illegal in the UK.Childline
Staying safe when meeting up
We know that sometimes talking about your feelings is not easy and that you might want to do this in a place you’re comfortable in or a place of your choice but only if you choose to do this.
It’s really important that the person you’re meeting is who they say they are.Guide to staying safe