Abuse can take different forms. Common types of abuse are:
- physical abuse such as hitting, punching and burning
- emotional abuse can mean constantly threatening or putting a child or young person down so that they feel unloved and worthless
- sexual abuse such as forcing or persuading a child or young person to take part in any kind of sexual activity. It can include inappropriate touching, kissing or sexual intercourse. It can also involve looking at, or being involved in pornographic material or videos
- neglect - not providing enough food, clothing, shelter, medical care or education. It can also mean 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, write or call 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
Call 999 if you think a child needs immediate protection