Child Abuse

Child abuse can be categorised into four different types: neglect, emotional, physical and sexual. Neglect is the most common form of child abuse.

Witnessing (which includes seeing and/or hearing) domestic violence is a form of child abuse. Living in a home where domestic abuse is taking place can have a significant impact on a child's development, health and well-being.

Here below are some articles and videos which can assist in our understanding of abuse, how it is experienced by children and how we can support children in recovering from abuse.


Neglect

Helpful websites and organisations

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/what-is-abuse/signs-and-symtoms-of-abuse/signs-and-symptoms-of-neglect

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/neglect/

Video


 

Emotional Abuse

Helpful websites and organisations

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/what-is-abuse/signs-and-symtoms-of-abuse/emotional-abuse

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/emotional-abuse/

(this page also includes a powerful short video about emotional abuse)


 

Physical abuse

Helpful websites and organisations

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/what-is-abuse/signs-and-symtoms-of-abuse/physical-abuse


 

Sexual abuse

Helpful websites and organisations

http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/what-is-abuse/signs-and-symtoms-of-abuse/sexual-abuse
http://www.cari.ie/about-us/caris-role
http://www.stopitnow.org/ohc-content/can-a-child-recover-from-the-effects-of-sexual-abuse
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/child-sexual-abuse/

www.thinkuknow.co.uk has a large range of videos and information about sexual abuse and exploitation (including that which takes place or begins online) for parents, teachers and children of all ages, which are divided into age groups. The information tackles difficult subjects like sex and relationships in the 14+ section


Books about child sexual abuse

Helping children to tell about sexual abuse: guidance for helpers.
By Rosaleen McElvaney
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helping-Children-About-Sexual-Abuse/dp/1849057125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495555451&sr=8-1&keywords=helping+children+to+tell+about+sexual+abuse

Disability and child sexual abuse: Lessons from survivors’ narratives for effective protection, prevention and treatment
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disability-Child-Sexual-Abuse-Narratives/dp/1843105632/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495555533&sr=8-1&keywords=disability+and+child+sexual+abuse

Domestic abuse

Useful websites and organisations

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/domestic-abuse/
this page also includes a short video about domestic abuse


Barnardos’ series of free, downloadable leaflets about domestic abuse:

Parenting Positively – coping with domestic abuse. For children age 6 to 12
https://www.barnardos.ie/resources-advice/publications/free-publications/parenting_positively__coping_with_domestic_abuse__children.html

Parenting Positively – Coping with domestic abuse – for parents of children between 6 and 12
https://shop.barnardos.ie/publications/117-e-book-parenting-positively-coping-with-domestic-abuse-for-parents.html

Parenting Positively – Helping teenagers to cope with domestic abuse
https://www.barnardos.ie/resources-advice/publications/free-publications/parenting-positively-helping-teenagers-to-cope-with-domestic-abuse.html

 


 

Recovery from child abuse

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – UK) report called ‘Making noise: children’s voices for positive change after abuse.’
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/making-noise-childrens-voices-for-positive-change/

Video  - ‘Making Noise’ video