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Child abuse and neglect

abuse; hurt; harm; emotional; neglect; sexual; physical; protective; behaviours;

Sometimes children are abused or neglected by their parents or carers.

Some people think it is only abuse if a child is physically hurt. Children are also abused when they are made to feel worthless or unloved, when they live with violence or their basic needs are ignored. This can be just as harmful and the effects can last a lifetime.

Child abuse and neglect is when a child is physically, emotionally or sexually harmed. It is also when their health, safety or wellbeing needs are not being met by their family.

Child abuse can happen in families of any income, culture or religion. It often happens over a long period of time, but single one-off events can be abuse too. The effects of abuse and neglect are serious and can last a lifetime. 

More information

To find out more about child abuse and the services available to support parents and children have a look at the Parent Easy Guide  Child abuse  which was developed by ParentingSA  - which is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.  

Parenting SA has also developed a Parent Easy Guide Protecting children from sexual abuse

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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