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Physical abuse

Physical abuse is when someone deliberately hurts a child.

Understanding physical abuse

The FAQs below explain more about children’s services involvement where there are concerns about physical abuse

What may happen if children’s services are concerned a child may be suffering physical abuse?

If children’s services suspect a child is suffering significant harm or is likely to suffer significant harm, they must investigate. This is called making child protection enquiries. A strategy discussion will be held. And this will decide whether children’ services undertake the child protection enquiries, or whether they will do so jointly with the police.

See our Child protection page for important information for families about the child protection process.

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