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Definitions of Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse adopted by the Suitability Panel

Definitions adopted by the Suitability Panel | Examples of behaviour which may amount to physical abuse or sexual abuse of a child | Principles and working definitions | Physical abuse | Sexual abuse

Physical Abuse

Non-accidental physical contact or the threat of physical contact to a child that causes or is likely to cause more than minimal or transient adverse physical or emotional consequences for the child.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual or indecent conduct by an adult toward a child or exposure by an adult of a child to sexual or indecent conduct.