What is child abuse?
Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual or psychological mistreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. It may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
The World Health Organization distinguishes four types of CHILD MALTREATMENT: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional and psychological abuse; and neglect.
1. PHYSICAL ABUSE:- It is intentional use of physical force against the child that results in – or has a high likelihood of resulting in – harm for the child’s health, survival, development or dignity. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating. Much physical violence against children in the home is inflicted with the object of punishing.
2. SEXUAL ABUSE: – It is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Sexual abuse refers to the participation of a child in a sexual act aimed toward the physical gratification or the financial profit of the person committing the act.
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE:- Non-accidental verbal or symbolic acts by a child’s parent or caregiver that result in significant psychological harm to the child.
4. NEGLECT:- Child neglect is the failure of a parent or other person with responsibility for the child, to provide needed food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision to the degree that the child’s health, safety or well-being may be threatened with harm. Neglect is also a lack of attention from the people surrounding a child, and the non-provision of the relevant and adequate necessities for the child’s survival, which would be a lacking in attention, love, and nurture.