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Abuse can mean different things to different children, and can happen once or many times.

Although growing up can be difficult, most children and young people receive the love and care they need to develop into healthy, happy young adults. But some children are hurt, neglected and used by adults or other children. Younger children may not be aware that what is happening to them is abuse.

Childline describes various types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse is...
    • when children are hurt or injured by parents or other people.
  • Sexual abuse is...
    • when children are forced or persuaded into sexual acts or situations by others.
  • Emotional abuse is...
    • when children are not given love, approval or acceptance.
  • Neglect is...
    • when parents or others looking after children do not provide them with proper food, warmth, shelter, clothing, care and protection.

Abuse can take many forms and children and young people can be affected either directly, or indirectly as a member of a household.

Useful Information

  • Open Secret
    • Free confidential services for survivors of childhood abuse or neglect, their non-abusing parents, partners and friends living in the Forth Valley area
    • Services for males and females of all ages and from all ethnic backgrounds
    • Interpreting and translation services available
    • Tel: 01259 729 981, e:
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Rape Crisis
  • In Care Survivors
    • Help is available to anyone over the age of 16 who has suffered any form of abuse as a
      child in care
  • Feel Think Do, a sexual abuse prevention programme
    • Feel, Think, Do is a Sexual Abuse Prevention Programme that was developed by NHS Forth Valley in partnership with Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk Councils

For Further Information Contact

Child Care Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225000 / 450000 Fax: 01259 452440