What is Child Abuse?

Child Abuse can take different forms and may include:

Physical Abuse

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.

Emotional Abuse

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.

Sexual Abuse

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.