Slough Safeguarding Children

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse can mean a lot of different things such as neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse - it's not always easy to know if you or someone you know is being abused. But the important thing to remember is that no-one has the right to hurt you or make you do anything that feels wrong.

If you think you are being abused, it is important to talk someone who you trust.  Or you can call and ask to speak to a social worker in Slough on 01753 875362 or call ChildLine on 0800 1111. If you are in danger call the police on 999.

There are four main types of abuse. Click on the links to find out more:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is when someone deliberately hurts or injures you. It can include hitting, kicking, hair pulling, beating with objects, throwing and shaking. No one has the right to hurt you in this way.

Emotional Abuse

If someone is always putting you down, shouting at you or making you feel bad about yourself, this is emotional abuse. It's wrong, even if they are not doing it on purpose. It can make you feel scared, stressed and upset.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is pressurised, forced or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. This can include kissing, touching the young person's genitals (private parts) or breasts, intercourse or oral sex. It can happen to anyone - boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused it's not your fault and you're not alone.


Neglect is when a child or young person is not being looked after properly.  If your parents or carers are not getting the important things you need - like clothes, food or somewhere warm to sleep, do not protect you from dangerous situations, help you when you are ill or hurt, support you with your education, or make it hard for you to care for yourself, this is neglect.

Useful Links

Useful Links

Call First Contact on 01753 690450 if you are concerned about a child.

Everyone has a duty to keep children safe. If you have concerns about a child's welfare or suspect that a child is being neglected or abused, report it.