Thursday 26th November 2020

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Department for Education: Tackling child abuse together

Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

All children have a right to be safe.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new campaign to tackle child abuse, which we are proud to play our part in supporting. 
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. Anything we notice can help a child at risk.
The DfE has set out explanations about child abuse, signs to help us spot when abuse may be happening and steps we can take.

The four types of child abuse

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

A, B, C: Spotting the signs of child abuse

  • Appearance: Unusual injuries; consistently poor hygiene.
  • Behaviour: Withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive, self-harming, or any other sudden change in behaviour.
  • Communication: Talking aggressively,  using sexual language or becoming secretive.

Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. If you think it, report it. Find out how via

Visit our Tackling Child Abuse section for a selection of useful posters.