Types of Abuse

Abuse is sometimes, but not always, easy to spot. It can be subtle, hidden, complicated, and confusing. It’s a deeply personal topic, and it can be upsetting to think about. But it’s really important to talk about what happens in abusive situations so that you can recognise the warning signs and help to protect people from it. We all have a responsibility to look out for each other. Especially if your work or volunteer activity brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults. It’s vital that you’re aware of the different types of abuse so that you can safeguard people from preventable harm.

Learning outcomes:
  • Explain the main categories of abuse
  • Identify specific types of abuse and abusive situations
  • Recognise some key warning signs of abuse
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It’s important to understand that there are different types of abuse and a range of settings where it might happen. This workplace training course will explain the main categories and types of abuse and where it would most likely occur. It also looks at warning signs of abuse, to help you identify if someone you know or work with may be in danger.
This online training course, part of our safeguarding awareness collection, is for people who want to better understand the complex topic of abuse and safeguarding. If you work in education, health, social care, policing or any other field that involves children and vulnerable adults, it’s vital to be aware of the different types of abuse and the warning signs to look out for.
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