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 must be reported to the police.
The four main types of abuse as:
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
How to get help
If you are concerned for the safety or wellbeing of a child in Alberta, please contact the Northern Alberta Child Intervention Services or Southern Alberta Child Intervention Services at 1-800-638-0715. You will be prompted to press 1 if you are calling from Red Deer or a community south of Red Deer. Press 2 if you are calling from a community north of Red Deer.
You can also call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS) to speak with a caseworker.
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