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Protecting children and adults from abuse

Abuse, including neglect, are forms of ill treatment. Somebody may abuse a child or adult by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm.

Abuse can take many forms. The most common types of abuse are physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Other forms of abuse include self neglect (for adults), financial, discriminatory abuse and organisational abuse.

Domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, forced marriage, hate crime, female genital mutilation, modern slavery and bullying are other forms of abuse. Safeguarding children and adults at risk from being drawn into violent extremism and/or terrorism is also a safeguarding issue. More information about all types of abuse is in our safeguarding policy and procedure.