What does child abuse mean?

Can you define child abuse? Professor Hayley Walker-Williams provides an excellent definition in the video below.

Child abuse is often used interchangeably with the term child maltreatment and it refers to any physical, sexual or psychological / emotional abuse of a child. This abuse causes the child harm or has the potential to cause the child harm. It is usually abuse that is received from the parent, caregiver or significant other.

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