When a child has been abused within the family, the person involved is sometimes able to own up to what they have done and want help. They can then be helped to look after their child better.
Occasionally, the child may have to be taken away from the abusing adult because the risks of physical and emotional harm are great. This can be for a short time, until things become safer, or may be permanent.
Many children need specialist treatment because of the abuse they have endured. Some receive help from family centres run by Social Services.
If they are worried, depressed or being very difficult, the child and family might need help from the local child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
These specialists may work with the whole family or with children and adolescents alone. Sometimes they work with teenagers in groups. Individual therapy can be especially helpful for children who have been sexually abused, or who have experienced severe
Children who have suffered serious abuse or neglect can be difficult to care for, and the services can offer help and advice to parents and carers.