Child Abuse

Child abuse can be categorised into four different types: neglect, emotional, physical and sexual. Neglect is the most common form of child abuse.

Witnessing (which includes seeing and/or hearing) domestic violence is a form of child abuse. Living in a home where domestic abuse is taking place can have a significant impact on a child's development, health and well-being.

Here below are some articles and videos which can assist in our understanding of abuse, how it is experienced by children and how we can support children in recovering from abuse.


Helpful websites and organisations



Emotional Abuse

Helpful websites and organisations

(this page also includes a powerful short video about emotional abuse)


Physical abuse

Helpful websites and organisations


Sexual abuse

Helpful websites and organisations has a large range of videos and information about sexual abuse and exploitation (including that which takes place or begins online) for parents, teachers and children of all ages, which are divided into age groups. The information tackles difficult subjects like sex and relationships in the 14+ section

Books about child sexual abuse

Helping children to tell about sexual abuse: guidance for helpers.
By Rosaleen McElvaney

Disability and child sexual abuse: Lessons from survivors’ narratives for effective protection, prevention and treatment

Domestic abuse

Useful websites and organisations
this page also includes a short video about domestic abuse

Barnardos’ series of free, downloadable leaflets about domestic abuse:

Parenting Positively – coping with domestic abuse. For children age 6 to 12

Parenting Positively – Coping with domestic abuse – for parents of children between 6 and 12

Parenting Positively – Helping teenagers to cope with domestic abuse



Recovery from child abuse

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – UK) report called ‘Making noise: children’s voices for positive change after abuse.’

Video  - ‘Making Noise’ video