Myths of Child Abuse

downloadLet’s bust the myths

Here you can find the Facts and Fiction around child Abuse and what people think is right or wrong.

Myth

Does reporting a child or family to ‘social services’ mean the child will be removed from their family immediately by social workers?

Fact

No. Sharing your concerns with a local authority does not mean a child will be automatically taken into care.


Myth

It’s only child abuse if there’s physical or sexual violence

Fact

No. Child abuse also includes emotional abuse and neglect. Many children and young people who suffer from abuse are likely to experience more than one type.


Myth

People know it is me that reported

Fact

When you report to your local children’s social care team you will be asked for your details and can discuss if you’d prefer your details to be kept private.


Myth

It’s not my job to┬áreport child abuse – that’s for teachers or professionals to handle.

Fact

No. Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.


Myth

Child abuse doesn’t happen in my neighbourhood, I live in a good area.

Fact

Child abuse and neglect can occur anywhere.


Myth

It’s best to wait until you’re absolutely certain you have firm evidence before reporting child abuse.

Fact

No. You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you feel something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team who can look into it.


Myth

If the child doesn’t tell someone about the abuse taking place, it cannot be that serious.

Fact

No. It is difficult for children and young people to tell someone about the abuse and neglect that is happening – they may show signs in other ways.


Myth

Children are just attention seeking when they act up

Fact

No. Changes in behaviour are one of the key signs that a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect


Myth

Children have lots of adults they can turn to for help if they are being abused.

Fact

No. Children find it extremely difficult to ask for help from anyone if thy are being abused, particularly if they are being manipulated by the abuser or if they think they won’t be believed.

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