Child Abuse

April 2015 Update: Please note that the Southern and Northern After-Hours Teams will now provide support for Albertans who need child intervention and family support services. Anywhere in Alberta, the number to call for after-hours response is: 1‑800‑638‑0715. You will be prompted to press 1 if you are calling from Red Deer or south of Red Deer, and to press 2 if you are calling from north of Red Deer.

Child abuse, as defined by the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and where child intervention services may become involved, is any act of maltreatment of a child by a parent or guardian that results in injury or harm. Child abuse by someone other than a parent or guardian should be reported to the police. 

The four main types of abuse as:

  1. neglect
  2. emotional injury
  3. physical abuse
  4. sexual abuse

Each situation and family is different so, while some of the signs might point to abuse, they might also mean that the family is facing other problems which may contribute to child abuse such as:

  • a lack of parenting skills
  • immature parents
  • parents with negative childhood experiences
  • social isolation
  • alcohol and/or drug use in the home
  • manufacture of drugs, indoor marijuana grow operations, drug trafficking, or other forms of illegal drug activity in the home
  • family violence in the home
  • frequent family crisis
  • unrealistic expectations of a child’s behaviour and capacities

If you suspect a child is being abused, call 310‑0000 to get the telephone number of your local office or call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1‑800‑387‑5437 (KIDS) to speak with a caseworker.

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Modified: 2015-04-20
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