Child Abuse can take different forms and may include:
An adult deliberately hurting a child, and causing injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns or cuts. It is not accidental and may include being hit, shaken, thrown, poisoned, drowned or suffocated.
The ongoing maltreatment of a child, sometimes called psychological abuse, which can seriously damage a child’s emotional health and development. This may include frightening, intimidating, humiliating or ignoring a child.
Where a child is forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activity; this does not have to be physical contact, it may be online.
Failing to meet a child’s basic needs; children left hungry or dirty, inadequately dressed or sheltered, without supervision, proper health care or the love, care and attention they need from their parents.
If you are concerned about a child, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
If you think that a crime may have been committed, or in an emergency, please contact the States of Jersey Police.