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Child protection

For all emergency situations call 999.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse falls into four categories: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

What you should do if you think a child is being abused

If you have any concerns because you think that a child might be being abused and you want to talk to someone or ask someone to find out what is going on, you should contact the Children’s Services Department.

  • During office hours (8.30am – 5:00pm) - you should contact Children's Services: 0300 555 1384

  • At all other times you should contact the out-of-hours Service: 0300 555 1373

If you think a child or young person under the age of 18 has been or is being abused by a person in a position of trust, contact the County Council's Allegations Officer.