Child Abuse

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Child abuse is categorised as ‘a form of maltreatment of a child or young person under the age of 18 years’. It can be present when someone is inflicting harm or if a person is failing to act to prevent
harm. Child abuse may be of a sexual, physical or emotional nature. It may also be caused by the neglect of a child or young person’s basic physical or psychological needs.

The warning signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect can vary from child to child. If you suspect a child is being subjected to any form of abuse you can email the College’s Safeguarding team at

Alternatively you can contact one of the below agencies for help and advice:

  • Crimestoppers UK: 0800 555 111
  • Police: 101 or 999 in an Emergency
  • Call Derbyshire: 01629 533 190
  • Child Line: 0800 1111
  • Safe and Sound: 01332 362120
  • 24 hour free anonymous helpline: text or call 116 000