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Are you being hurt?

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The number to call if you are worried about a child or young person and think they may be the victim of neglect or abuse:

If you or a young person is in immediate danger telephone 999

If a child or young person is at risk of significant harm contact the
Safeguarding Referral Team Telephone 01782 235100

You can call someone in Stoke-on-Trent to help if you are worried about a child or young person and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse
Advice and Access Team Telephone 01782 232200

Emergency Duty Team - 01782 234234 (After 5pm)

Or, you can call a national helpline number (free of charge):-
NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000

What is abuse?
Abuse occurs when a child or young person (someone who is 17 years of age or under) is harmed by another person, either physically, verbally, emotionally or sexually.

Abuse can be:

  • Physical – this can mean hitting or someone being physically bullied
  • Sexual – a person or people kissing you or touching your body or making you do something that you do not want to do. This also includes making you look at naked images of adults, children or other young people.
  • Emotional and Verbal – being made to feel worthless or low by someone saying things to you that make you feel bad about yourself or confused, scared or worried.

For further information click on the links above.

If you need some help because you are being hurt in any of the ways described above, or if you of know someone else who is, you should talk to someone about this, for example a teacher or a youth worker, or another professional person that you know and trust.

If you don’t feel like you can talk to someone you know there are help lines and other professionals that you can talk to. It can be really hard to tell someone but there are lots of people who can help.

You can visit the Child line website at

"This is abuse" website has further help and guidance on abuse.  Click here to view their website.

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