How you can help a victim of child abuse

This is something that you hope you’ll never have to deal with, but in reality, it could be something that you’re affected by in some way.

Child abuse can be a difficult subject to talk about, but knowing how you can help a victim of child abuse, could make a huge difference to the outcome of what’s happening and make a big difference in how the victim gets through what’s happened to them.

Whilst we hope that you never have to deal with this, in case you do, here’s some advice on how you can help a victim of child abuse.

The small things you can do
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when discussing child abuse, especially with a victim. But the important thing to remember is that you’re calm throughout the topic, and you show them that they have your unconditional support. If you are having trouble finding the words when discussing child abuse with them, small actions can make a big impact.

Avoid denial
Child abuse is a shocking and horrifying experience for the child, and hearing about it seems incomprehensible, but it does occur, so it’s important that you don’t try to deny what they’re telling you. If you show disgust, shock or denial in any way to a child they might be discouraged to open up any more. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s important that you remain as calm as you can.
Don’t inundate them with questions
It might take time for a child to open up about their abuse, so it’s important that you don’t pepper them with questions. Instead, let them tell their story in their own time.

Give plenty of reassurance
It is a huge thing when a child comes forward about their experience of child abuse, so it’s vital you make sure they know that you are taking what they’re saying seriously and more importantly that the behaviour they’re receiving is in no way their fault.

Safety is the main priority
If you’re at all worried about the safety of the child or your own safety if you tried to intervene in some way, then it’s important that you leave it to the professionals. Your support is important in any way.

Make a claim
Whilst ensuring the safety and the child’s mental state should always be at the forefront of you helping them, it can also be useful to look into making a claim. It’s not very well known that it’s possible for child abuse victims to make a claim of compensation, and this money could be key in helping them to move on with their lives and help them in numerous ways. Child abuse compensation claims are relatively straightforward and with the help of CICA UK you have all of the legal help you need.

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