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Protecting children

We explain what child abuse is and tell you where to go for support. We also explain what steps the police and social workers can take to protect a child.

Check what kinds of behaviour are child abuse

What is meant by the term 'child abuse'.

Reporting child abuse

What to do if you are concerned that a child is being abused.

Getting help and compensation if you were abused as a child

What you can do if you were abused as a child including getting support, reporting the abuse to the police, checking records and claiming compensation.

If you've been accused of child abuse

What to do if you are accused of abusing or neglecting a child, including the importance of seeking legal advice.

If you report child abuse to the police

The responsibilities of the police and their powers to take action if they're involved in investigating a case of child abuse.