Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
Not feeding, starving, giving drugs, not giving medication or getting medical treatment or any action that puts a child in physical danger is physical abuse.
In March 2017, 1 in 10 child on child protect plans were categorised for as at risk of physical abuse. That was at total of 4375 children in England and Wales.