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Abuse and neglect

At HSR Psychology we provide support and therapeutic services for children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect.

What are examples of abuse?

Abuse can include many different types of behaviours, but generally refers to any action by another person that causes harm to a child or young person. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological or financial. Types of abuse include:

Abuse can be identified due to changes in behaviour or physical symptoms. 

What are examples of neglect?

Neglect is when a parent or carer fails to meet a child or young person’s basic needs. For example, leaving a child unclean, without suitable shelter, clothing, supervision and medical care. Neglect can be physical, emotional, educational and medical. Neglect can cause very serious, long-term damage for children and young people who experience it. There are multiple ways a child or young person can be neglected, some of which are:

Neglect can cause severe damage to a child’s long-term physical and mental wellbeing.

What are the effects of abuse and neglect?

Following abuse or neglect, children and young people may experience difficulties with the following:

Signs of abuse and neglect may include:

When the child or young person has experienced repeated abuse or neglect over a certain period of time their responses may present very differently. This may be referred to as ‘complex needs’. If a child or young person is experiencing one of the signs above, this does not necessarily mean they are being neglected or abused, as there can be multiple causes of the above.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are the effects of abuse and neglect assessed?

The effects of abuse and neglect in children and young people can be assessed in a range of ways. We may carry out a clinical interview with the child, young person, parents or carers to find out how individuals rate the impact of the effects of abuse and neglect. We may review previous assessments and interventions which have taken place and look at the impact they have had on the effect of abuse and neglect. This information would help to inform recommendations.

We may carry out psychometric measures, for example short questionnaires aimed at understanding and measuring experiences and any current symptoms. Observations may be used with children to see how the effects of abuse and neglect are impacting them, for example in their play, relationships or learning. 

What interventions do we provide for the effects of abuse and neglect?

We provide a range of psychological interventions for children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect.

These include:

Interventions will be chosen according to the needs identified, the nature of the abuse or neglect and the developmental age of the child or young person.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.



Abuse and neglect can happen over a short or long amount of time and the impact can be far reaching. Our specialist psychologists and psychotherapists can provide a range of assessments and interventions to support children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Please contact us to arrange an initial discussion or find out more about how we can help.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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