The word abuse covers many different forms, here you can find out more information about child abuse, child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honor based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Abuse can happen to any child or young person. This is regardless of their age, gender, race or ability. Abusers are usually known to (and trusted by) the child and family; they can be adults, male or female, or another young person.
The abuser may be a family member, or they may be someone the child encounters in a residential setting or in the community, including during sports and leisure activities. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or may be responsible for abuse because they fail to prevent another person harming that child.