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Here are the resources we found for emotional abuse for professionals:
Emotional abuse is the second most common reason for children needing protection from abuse but people often misunderstand what emotional abuse is and how to deal with it. This web page is a quick education in emotional abuse, how to spot it and how to keep children safe from emotional abuse.
Everyone has the right to feel happy and safe, wherever they are and whoever they are with. However, sometimes people can be hurt by others, leaving them feeling unsafe. If an individual is being hurt by someone, this is called abuse.
This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.
Child maltreatment is any action causing potentially significant harm to a child. Maltreatment can be initiated by an adult or a child. It can involve physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse; neglect or exploitation. This webpage from Mentally Healthy Schools covers the impact of maltreatment on mental health, the effect of maltreatment on development, child abuse and safeguarding, top tips for teachers, recognising sexual abuse, schools and safeguarding duties, spotting the signs of child maltreatment, and what schools can do.
Family or domestic violence or abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. It can include any situation where someone is forced to alter their behaviour due to fear of their partner’s reaction. This webpage covers the impact of family violence on young people, where to find out more about family violence, spotting the signs, and what schools can do to help pupils who have witnessed family violence.
5 Must Know Signs of Emotional Abuse
This video from Kati Morton highlights 5 signs of emotional abuse. These include degradation, controlling behaviour, accusations, neglect and codependency. These behaviours aren’t just seen in a romantic relationship, they can also be seen in parental or familial relationships as well, but remember emotional abuse is never your fault.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. A freephone helpline is available and the support team can also be contacted by email. Training courses are provided for professionals who support adult survivors of child abuse.
Emotional Abuse: Practice Guidance for Children’s Services
This document provides a conclusive look at emotional abuse and how to tackle it is a health and social care worker. It provides references throughout for further individual learning. This document provides a great first port of call for anyone looking for an education is spotting, assessing and intervening in cases of emotional abuse.
Emotional Abuse e-Learning
Emotional abuse of children is the most common form of abuse – and the effects can be just as damaging to the victim as physical violence. However, without visible evidaence such as bruising and injury; or disclosure from the child or parent, it can be particularly difficult to identify the signs.