Children & Young People
If you’ve got a problem or are worried about someone, it can be hard to know what to do. You don’t have to cope on your own. You have the right to grow up safe from people hurting you.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse is when you or another child or young person is being harmed or isn’t being looked after properly.
Remember, being abused is never your choice and never your fault. Child abuse is never right. Here are some things to look out for:
- not being fed
- being continuously criticised, ignored or humiliated
- being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable
- being frightened when left alone without an adult to look after you
- being hit, kicked or punched
- being sexually abused (this can include inappropriate sexual behaviour, language or touching)
Where to go for help
- ChildLine is the free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK. Call 0800 1111.
- The NSPCC has a helpline 0808 800 5000 for children and young people, and a website with helpful advice about what to do if you are worried or scared
If you are a child or young person and you are being abused or neglected please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on one of the following numbers:
- Office hours (8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 4pm, Friday): 0345 050 7666
- Outside office hours: Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833 408
The website oxme.info is Oxfordshire County Council’s website for young people and includes information about opportunities, activities and services for children and young people in Oxfordshire. Click on the logo above to access the site, which runs on android phones and smart phones.
is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the Thinkuknow websites listed below for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer.