The Need

How To Recognize Child Abuse

Child abuse is a serious problem but many cases of child abuse go unreported. Since most forms of child abuse occur behind closed doors, reporting depends a great deal on public awareness and the willingness of the community to report suspected abuse to the authorities.

In Alberta, you are legally bound to report all suspected cases of child abuse to Alberta Human Services through your local Child and Family Services Authority.

If you suspect a child is being abused, in Calgary call the Calgary and Area Child and Family Service Authority Social Services Response Team at 403-297-2995 or outside of the Calgary region, call the Child Abuse Hotline toll-free at 1-800-387-5437 to speak with a caseworker.

The following may indicate the possibility of child abuse: