Physical Abuse

When someone deliberately injures you, this is known as physical abuse. Childline say that anybody can be physically abusive and may do things such as:

  • Hitting, kicking, shoving, shaking or punching you
  • Beating you with objects or throwing objects at you
  • Pulling your hair
  • Making you swallow something that could hurt you. This includes giving you medicine when you don’t need it
  • Biting or scratching you
  • Burning or scalding you
  • Suffocating you (this is when someone covers your nose and mouth and you can’t breathe).

Just Like Me?

If this sounds just like you, you could be being physically abused.

Physical abuse is not your fault and you need to get help to make it stop. It does not matter who is doing it and why they may say they are doing it, it is not okay.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form