What is physical abuse

    Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms a child or young person on purpose. It includes:


  •     hitting with hands or objects


  •     slapping and punching


  •     kicking


  •     shaking


  •     throwing


  •     poisoning


  •     burning and scalding


  •     biting and scratching


  •     breaking bones


  •     drowning.

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It's important to remember that physical abuse is any way of intentionally causing physical harm to a child or young person. It also includes making up the symptoms of an illness or causing a child to become unwell.

Signs of physical abuse

Bumps and bruises don't always mean a child is being physically abused. All children have accidents, trips and falls. And there isn't just one sign or symptom to look out for. But it's important to be aware of the signs.

If a child regularly has injuries, there seems to be a pattern to the injuries or the explanation doesn't match the injuries, then this should be reported.

Physical abuse symptoms include:


  •  bruises

  •  broken or fractured bones

  •  burns or scalds

  •  bite marks.


  • It can also include other injuries and health problems, such as:

  •  scarring

  •  the effects of poisoning, such as vomiting, drowsiness or seizures

  •  breathing problems from drowning, suffocation or poisoning.


Head injuries in babies and toddlers can be signs of abuse so it's important to be aware of these visible signs include:


  •   swelling

  •   bruising

  •   fractures

  •   being extremely sleepy or unconscious

  •   breathing problems

  •   seizures

  •   vomiting

  •   unusual behaviour, such as being irritable or not feeding properly.


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