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Child abuse

You may be a child who’s being abused, or you may be someone who’s concerned that a child is being abused. In these situations, it can be hard to know where to turn to for help, but the following pages will give you the information you need to start dealing with the problem.

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.

Records about abuse

Explains your rights to access records held about you by a local authority or other agency, if you were abused as a child, and how to get the records changed if the details are incorrect.

Financial compensation

Explains the options for seeking financial compensation if you were abused as a child, covering suing an abuser, compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and time limits.

Rehousing because of child abuse

Explains the options for protecting a child from abuse by rehousing a family, getting an abuser removed from the home, or having the child taken into foster care.