Child Abuse and Neglect

What is child abuse and neglect?

When people think of child abuse they often think of severe beatings or sexual abuse, however emotional abuse (48%) and neglect (24%) are more common and the impacts are just as damaging to a child. Each state and territory has different definitions, and not all child abuse is a crime.

Types of abuse

It can be a single incident, or a number of incidents that occur over time. It doesn’t matter how much a child has been harmed, but whether they have been harmed, are being harmed, or are at risk of physical, psychological or emotional harm.

Physical abuse

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if your instincts about child abuse and neglect are right. There are often behavioural or physical signs of stress when a child has been, or is experiencing abuse.

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Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional and happens when an adult, adolescent or another child uses power or authority to engage a child in any form of sexual activity.

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Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse occurs when a child’s emotional, social or intellectual development is threatened or impaired. It happens when an adult repeatedly makes a child feel frightened, ashamed, upset, alone or worthless.

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Neglect

Neglect is when a child’s basic needs are not met and their development and well-being are affected.

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Effects of child abuse and neglect

The effects of child abuse and neglect can be significant and lead to lifelong problems. It can impact a child’s brain development, how they feel and think about themselves, how successful they are at school, even their physical development and skills. In the long term it can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, difficulty developing and maintaining good relationships, unemployment and all sorts of social disadvantage – all due to their childhood experiences, and not their fault.

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Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
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