From a family that has endured violence and neglect to the growing international awareness of child abuse and neglect, children have endured the most devastating moments in their lives.
But as the world begins to look for answers to the causes of childhood abuse and the consequences of neglect, it’s also becoming increasingly clear that children’s lives are far from safe, particularly when they’re left to fend for themselves.
And as their experiences with abuse and exploitation get more publicised, so too does the evidence that they face many of the same dangers as adults.
For the first time, the Guardian team has compiled a collection of chilling and disturbing videos that have captured the harrowing and often devastating stories of children, their families and carers.
Here’s what we’ve learned.
What’s the difference between child abuse?
The term “child abuse” is often used to describe acts that occur against children in the home.
But it doesn’t necessarily mean that a child is being physically abused.
Instead, the term refers to acts of neglect or abuse which are committed by parents, guardians or carers of children.
There are three basic types of abuse: neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
In all of these cases, the child is neglected, often in the context of abuse from both adults and children.
Physical abuse is when a child uses a weapon against a person or property, either physically or mentally.
Sexual abuse occurs when a person engages in sexual activity with a child.
The types of neglect and physical abuse are common.
For example, children who are locked in their bedrooms are likely to be neglected.
Children can be left without food or shelter or have their toys taken away.
Many children have been left without a home because they were found abandoned, unable to leave or their parents or carer are unable to care for them.
There is no such thing as a safe and responsible home.
Children are often left to live with their carers and their parents.
Often, these carers are strangers to the child.
This can make the situation very difficult for children.
Children can also be left to suffer for weeks or months without their parents’ or caretakers’ help.
In addition, children may be left isolated and alone in the house for long periods of time.
Sometimes, children are left without any contact with other children for months or even years.
The Guardian’s collection includes chilling and distressing video clips which show children and their carer at the centre of neglectful situations.
It’s important to remember that child abuse isn’t always committed by strangers.
In many cases, child abuse is perpetrated by people who are close to children or people who have contact with children.
In extreme cases, children can be sexually abused by a relative or other adult.
A wide range of professionals and carer advocates are helping to tackle the issue of neglect in the UK.
The Independent Childcare Network is a national association of independent childcare providers, which has worked with the UK Childcare Council to provide support to children in care.
The Child Welfare Board has a child protection team which works across child welfare and support, including safeguarding and abuse.
The National Association of Child Carers (NACCC) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes safe and caring child care.
It provides support to child carers through the provision of information, advice and support to the wider community.
The Royal College of Nursing has a range of resources available to help parents and care partners in dealing with child abuse.
This includes the National Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and the Royal College Of Nursing’s National Child Sexual Abuse Hotline.
The Samaritans is a free telephone service for anyone in urgent need of help.
The Children’s Society is also helping people with mental health issues.
This is a charity that provides support and information about mental health problems and helps people to manage the effects of depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse and other mental health challenges.
You can also contact Samaritans on 0800 555 111.
To view the videos on Al Jazeera’s YouTube channel, click here