Abuse can take different forms.
Common types of abuse are:
- physical abuse – for example, hitting, punching and burning
- emotional abuse – this can mean constantly threatening or putting a child or young person down so that they feel unloved and worthless
- sexual abuse – for example, forcing or persuading a child or young person to take part in any kind of sexual activity, inappropriate touching, kissing, looking at or being involved in pornographic material or videos
- neglect – not providing enough food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, or leaving a child alone and at risk
What to do if you're worried
If you're worried at all about a child's safety, act on it.
You can phone, email or write to our Initial Response Team. Phone immediately if you believe it is urgent.
: 01375 652 802
: 01375 372 468
For use outside of normal office hours:
- Monday to Thursday, 4:30pm to 9am
- Friday, from 4:30pm through the weekend until 9am on Monday
- public holidays
: 01277 266 822
Phone 999 if you think a child needs immediate protection