What is emotional child abuse?

Happy children make happy and productive adults. Children need to feel wanted, loved, safe and valued. They need constant attention, care and discipline. This care should be given from birth, through toddler-hood, puberty, and teenage years. In fact even when we are men and women, we still need love and care and support from our families.

Parents and care-givers do not get it right every time. Sometimes they make mistakes, but that is not emotional abuse. We say emotional abuse when there is a severe, deliberate (sometimes unintentional) and persistent ill treatment towards a child, which adversely affects a child's emotional health and development. This might include, but is not limited to; shouting, insults, yelling and threats, all of which can negatively impact on the child's emotional wellbeing.

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