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Abuse and Safety

Abuse and Safety

Abuse and safetyChild abuse can mean a lot of different things such as neglect, physical, emotional or
sexual abuse. It's not always easy to know if you or someone you know is being abused, but the important thing to remember is that no-one has the right to hurt you or make you do anything that feels wrong. You are not alone - ChildLine are here for you. Call free on 0800 1111 or chat to us online.



Physical abuse

Physical abuse is when someone deliberately hurts or injures you. It can include hitting, kicking, hair pulling, beating with objects, throwing and shaking. No one has the right to hurt you in this way. Read more about Physical abuse

Emotional abuse

If someone is always putting you down, shouting at you or making you feel bad about yourself, this is emotional abuse. It's wrong, even if they are not doing it on purpose. It can make you feel scared, stressed and upset. Read more about Emotional abuse

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is pressurised, forced, tricked or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. This can include kissing, touching the young person's genitals (private parts) or breasts, intercourse or oral sex. It can happen to anyone – boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused it's not your fault and you're not alone. Read more about Sexual abuse

Rape and sexual assault

Being raped or sexually assaulted is very upsetting and can leave you feeling frightened, confused, and vulnerable. What happened is not your fault. You should never blame yourself. Rape is wrong and against the law. Some of this page might be upsetting – remember that you can contact ChildLine at any time on 0800 1111. Read more about Rape and sexual assault


If you're not getting the important things you need at home, you could be being neglected. Read more about Neglect

Female circumcision, FGM, and cutting

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also called female circumcision, cutting or sunna, is when a girl's external genitals (private parts) are cut away. Sometimes their vagina is sewn up too. Read more about Female circumcision, FGM, and cutting


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Abuse and safety

On this page you will find links to information about issues related to abuse and safety.  If you would like to read more about an issue, click on the title to go through to the information page.  If you can't find the issue you want to find out about, you can try the site search or go back to the Explore page to look at other issues.