Some children are more vulnerable to abuse than others:
- disabled children
- children whose parents or carer have alcohol or substance abuse issues
- children in care
- children with a history of domestic abuse
- children with mental health problems, or a parent with mental health problems
- children living in hard social conditions, such as poverty, isolation, or poor housing
Disabled children can be especially vulnerable to abuse. They may have impaired capacity which prevents them from resisting or avoiding danger. Speech and communication needs can also make it difficult to tell others what is happening.