According to Our Child Protection Policy, “child abuse” is any action (or lack of action) that endangers or harms a child’s physical, psychological or emotional health and development. Child abuse occurs in different ways and includes the following:
Physical abuse – any physical injury to a child that is not accidental, such as beating, shaking, burns, and biting.
Emotional abuse – emotional injury is when the child is not nurtured or provided with parental care, love affection and security, such as an environment of constant criticism, belittling and persistent teasing/bullying.
Sexual abuse – Involves any sexual activity between a child and an adult or between a child and another child who is at least four years older than the victim. This includes but not limited to; fondling, exhibitionism, intercourse, incest, defilement, Rape and pornography.
Neglect – Is a deliberate act of depriving a child of his or her essential needs. this includes among others; denial of right to; parental care and affection, belong to a family, Home, Education, adequate food, water, shelter, medical care, family and share of family property.