STATE AND LEGAL DEFINITIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Legal definitions in Section 6 of the Children’s Protection Act 1993
define the extent of abuse or neglect in which the state has authority to
intervene.
6 (1) “abuse or neglect” in relation to a child means
(a) Sexual abuse of the child; or
(b) Physical or emotional abuse of the child, or neglect of the child,
to the extent that
(i) the child has suffered, or is likely to suffer, physical or psychological
injury detrimental to the child’s wellbeing; or
(ii) the child’s physical or psychological development is in jeopardy.

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