Level2 Children and Young People Development

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What is Child Abuse?
Child abuse is when someone does something to you or your body that you don't want them to do. There are several type of abuse:-
Physical abuse - an adult deliberately hurts you by causing cuts, bruises, broken bones or other injuries. Physical abuse includes hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, and slapping. Physical abuse involves physical harm or injury to the child. It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child, but not always. It can also result from severe discipline, such as using a belt on a child, or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child’s age or physical condition. Many physically abusive parents and caregivers insist that their actions are simply forms of discipline—ways to make children learn to behave. But there is a big difference between using physical punishment to discipline and physical abuse. The point of disciplining children is to teach them right from wrong, not to make them live in fear.

Mental/emotional abuse – someone severely and persistently ill treats you which can harm your confidence and self-worth. It may be your parent’s failing to show you that they love you. Emotional abuse can severely damage a child’s mental health or social development, leaving lifelong psychological scars. Examples of emotional child abuse include: * Constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating a child.

* Calling names and making negative comparisons to others. * Telling a child he or she is “no good," "worthless," "bad," or "a mistake." * Frequent yelling, threatening, or bullying.
* Ignoring or rejecting a child as punishment, giving him or her the silent treatment. * Limited physical contact with the child—no hugs, kisses, or other signs of affection. * Exposing the child to violence or the abuse of others, whether it be the abuse of a parent, a sibling, or even a pet.

Verbal abuse – a person says something horrible or hurtful to you. Neglect – an...
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