Abuse of Children

The NSPCC estimates that over half a million children are abused in the UK each year.

Any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child is classed as child abuse. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention (neglect). An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.

If there are concerns about child abuse, there are different sorts of court orders that can be applied for in order to protect the child. Our expert family law team can provide immediate assistance to help ensure the child’s safety. If you, as the parent, get notice of an application for an emergency protection order, we can provide specialist legal advice. Unless it’s an application made without notice, you have the right to go to the hearing and question the local authority about the need for an emergency protection order.

Our expert family law team can provide immediate assistance to help ensure the child’s safety.