Child abuse | South Norfolk Council

Child abuse

Child abuse is not just sexual, it can also apply when a parent, or another adult, is violent towards you. It may only happen when that adult is angry or drunk, but that's no excuse. It's wrong to hurt someone, no matter what.

If the adults who live with you don't give you proper food or clothing, or don't look after you when you're ill, this is called neglect and it's against the law.

Report abuse

If this is happening to you, it is important to remember that it is not your fault, it can be stopped and you need help and support to keep safe. If you feel in immediate danger as a result of child abuse, dial 999 straight away and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive.

Getting help

    The first step to getting the abuse stopped is to tell an adult that you trust. Telling someone that you're being abused can feel really scary, but it means you won't have to deal with it on your own any more.

    Remember that it's OK to tell someone, even if you've been told to keep it a secret. You won't get into trouble. It's the other person who's in the wrong.

    If you think it would be easier to talk to someone you don't know, there are organisations you can contact that specialise in providing you with the necessary help and support:

    Or contact the South Norfolk Help Hub on:

    Call 01508 533933
    Text ADVICE followed by your message to 87007
    Email earlyhelphubsouth@s-norfolk.gov.uk