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What is child abuse?

This section explains what’s meant by child abuse and gives examples of the different sorts of abuse.  We also describe the organisations which have a duty to deal with concerns about child abuse.

What is child abuse?

Explains what is meant by the term 'child abuse' and how children are protected from harm, by law.

Organisations responsible

List the agencies which have a legal or moral responsibility in the safeguarding of children and their obligations to share information between them, when there is concern about child abuse.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Explains the role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, which bring together organisations in the local authority area to set policies for safeguarding children.