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Cruelty to children or child abuse is behaviour that causes significant harm to a child. It also includes when someone who knowingly fails to prevent serious harm to a child.
Only a small number of child abuse cases are carried out by a stranger, it is far more likely that the abuser is someone known to the child or a family member – even someone close who you would expect to trust!
Abuse happens in all walks of life, but children growing up in a violent home or one where the parents/carers misuse drugs or alcohol are particularly at risk.
A child who is being abused may experience more than one type of cruelty. Abuse can be physical(e.g. inflicting pain), sexual (e.g. direct or indirect), or emotional (e.g. humiliating them). It can be in the form of neglect, discrimination, harassment or bullying.
Child Line (UK’s free and confidential helpline for children and young people) –
You can contact:
Social Services– Lincolnshire 01522 782111 – Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00
01522 782333 – Out of Hours
Leicestershire 0116 3050004 – Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00
0116 2551606 – Out of Hours
Nottinghamshire 0300 5008080 – Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00
0300 4564546 – Out of Hours
Police– Lincolnshire 01522 805775
Leicestershire 0116 2222222
Nottinghamshire 0300 3009999
Police Protection Unit 01522 947 590
Free 24hr NSPCC Child Protection line – 0808 8005000.
Remember if it’s an emergency, dial 999