Physical abuse of a child

Physical Abuse

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.

Further sources from How Safe are our Children NSPCC