A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This is not necessarily physical contact and sexual abuse can happen online. Sometimes the child will not understand that what’s happening to them is actually abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.
One in 20 children have experienced sexual abuse (NSPCC). Sexual abuse is under reported and all foster carers need to develop an understanding of the needs of children and young people who have been sexually abused and how to deal with sexual abuse disclosures.