Child abuse can be when someone does something harmful, or does not provide for or protect, a child or young person.
The World Health Organisation (1999) defines child abuse as:
“Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.”
Child abuse can cause significant and long-lasting emotional, physical and behavioural damage. Sport is a particularly vulnerable area for potential child abuse because it:
What are the different types of child abuse?