It can also come in the form of neglect, exploitation, harm and anything else that puts children at risk.
Child protection is not just about babies, abuse happens to children and young people of all ages and all backgrounds. Abuse is carried out by adults but also by other children, and it can happen in person and online.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare you can call your local council’s social work department or the police on 101.
If you think a child might be in immediate danger you should contact the police right away by dialling 999.