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What is abuse?

Adult abuse

The Care Act 2014 defines adult abuse as "being ten main categories of abuse, which are physical; sexual; psychological or emotional; financial or material; discriminatory; neglect and acts of omission; organisational or institutional; domestic violence, modern slavery; and self-neglect.

Further information on types of abuse, spotting the signs and key messages can be found on the SCIE website.

Child abuse

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 can happen in person or online. It can also be a lack of love, care and attention - this is neglect". 

Further information on types of abuse, spotting the signs, effects of abuse and additional resources can be found on the NSPCC website.