3.1 Identify the characteristics of different types of child abuse
Abuse means any of the following acts which seriously endanger the physical, mental, or emotional health and safety of the child:
The infliction, attempted infliction, or as a result of inadequate supervision, the allowance of the infliction or attempted infliction of physical or mental injury upon the child by a parent or caretaker.
The exploitation or overwork of a child by a parent or caretaker.
The involvement of the child in any sexual act with a parent or caretaker, or the aiding or toleration by the parent or the caretaker of the child’s sexual involvement with any other person or of the child’s involvement in pornographic displays, or any other involvement of a child in sexual activity constituting a crime under the laws of this state.
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Different Types of child abuse
Child abuse and neglect occurs when a child is mistreated, resulting in injury or risk of harm. There are several major types of abuse:
Physical abuse is non-accidental physical trauma or injury inflicted by a parent or caretaker on a child. It also includes a parent's or a caretaker's failure to protect a child from another person who perpetrated physical abuse on a child. In its most severe form, physical abuse is likely to cause great bodily harm or death.
This may take the form of:
Bruising- from being slapped, punched, shaken or squeezed
Cuts- scratches, bite marks, a torn frenulum (the web of skin inside the upper lip)
Fractures- skull and limb fractures from being thrown against hard objects
Burns and scalds- from cigarettes, irons, baths and kettles.
Emotional abuse can be the most difficult to identify because there