Child abuse is any action by another person – whether an adult or another child – that causes significant harm to a child. This harm can be physical, sexual or emotional. It can also involve a lack of love, care or attention since neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.
Safeguarding children from abuse or neglect is everyone’s responsibility, and when a worker in health and social care encounters children during their day-to-day work, it’s part of their job to make sure that their wellbeing is safeguarded.
This course aims to ensure that the learner is able to recognise all forms of abuse and neglect, understands the effects of child abuse, and knows what action to take should they encounter it.
- What is child abuse?
Types of child abuse
The physical, behavioural and psychological effects of child abuse
Factors affecting the response to abuse
The impact of a parent’s mental health on children’s wellbeing
The responsibilities of workers in health and social care for child safeguarding
Dealing with allegations of abuse
Internet and online social networking risks
Safeguarding children legislation
Workers in health and social care who require an understanding of child safeguarding.