Child abuse is a complex subject. It challenges some of our basic beliefs about the world, for example, that a parent, or someone working for a faith-based organisation, would ever harm a child. We may assume that people who work with organisations set up to help children because they have humanitarian beliefs – they want to help children – and surely they would never harm a child /young person accessing a service? It is hard for us to accept that any of these people might abuse a child because it would be so terrible if they did.
Opinions about abuse are varied: what might be abusive in one person’s view may not be seen that way by another. Some key questions to ask ourselves and others include: