Child Abuse Prevention
Child abuse and neglect is, unfortunately, an everyday issue.
At a time when parents are worried, stressed and stuck at home, we’re seeing a significant drop in child welfare referrals. Undoubtedly, the rates of abuse and neglect are rising, but the referral sources — schools, youth programs, houses of worship — are closed.
If something does not look safe, sound safe or feel safe, report it.
If you suspect immediate danger, call 911.
Keep Kids Safe - Parents, it's ok to need help.
Tips for Parents
COVID-19 is causing all of us to face new stresses, school and business closures, family confinement, isolation and economic instability. Through all of this, children are particularly vulnerable. When children are tired, hungry or afraid, bad behavior is a natural reaction. For many, it’s the only coping mechanism they have. Take care of your children. Take care of yourself.PARENT Abuse Prevention Flyer (English & Spanish)
Ask your children:
• How’s everyone getting along today?
• Are you worried about anything?
• What are you doing for fun?
• Is everyone okay?
• Can you get everything you need?
• Do you need any help right now?
Do this for you:
• Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Do absolutely nothing.
• What are you thinking?
• What are you feeling?
• Is your body tense? Do you feel any pain?
• Focus on your breathing. In and out. Can you slow it down a little?
• When you’re ready … open your eyes. Tell yourself, “I can handle this.”
Do this for your children:
• Schedule some one-on-one time. It doesn’t have to be long.
• Let them tell you how they’re feeling … if they’re worried or concerned.
• Stay positive. Keep calm and try to manage any stress you or your kids are feeling.
• Talk about COVID-19. Give them facts that are age appropriate for them. Listen to their feelings about the current situation.
• Protect them online.
Keep Kids Safe - Parents, you are being heard.
Child abuse and neglect is, unfortunately, an everyday issue. But now, at a time when parents are worried, stressed and stuck at home … we’re seeing a significant drop in child welfare referrals. Undoubtedly, the rates of abuse and neglect are rising, but the referral sources — schools, youth programs, houses of worship — are closed. We need YOU … to check on the children.
- PHYSICAL ABUSE
Child seems frightened of the caregiver. Child has burns, bites, broken bones, bruising, black eyes, or complaints of pain. Caregiver offers no explanation of a child’s injury, or blames the child’s behavior.
- SEXUAL ABUSE
Child attaches quickly to strangers or new adults.
Child shows unusual knowledge or behavior for their age.
Child has difficulty walking or sitting.
An adult inappropriately touches a child, watches pornography with a child, or says sexual things to a child.
- EMOTIONAL ABUSE
Child shows extremes in behavior or is overly aggressive or compliant.
Child seems emotionally unattached to caregiver and others.
Caregiver blames, belittles or berates the child and refuses to help the child.
Child begs or steals food, has very poor hygiene, or says no one at home provides care.
Child uses alcohol or other drugs.
Highly stressful family situations, or adults in the home abusing alcohol or drugs.
Unlocked weapons or guns in the home.
- Questions to ask the children:
How’s everyone getting along today?
Are you worried about anything?
What are you doing for fun?
- Questions to ask the parents:
Is everyone okay?
Can you get everything you need?
Do you need any help right now?