Suspicions of child abuse

WHAT IF YOU SUSPECT A CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED?

  • Remain calm
  • Isolate the child from the alleged perpetrator
  • Let the child tell you what happened in their own words
  • Reassure the child that they have done nothing wrong
  • Seek medical attention if necessary. Medical attention may be required in cases even wherever signs of injury are not immediately apparent
  • Report the incident by contacting:
    • CHILDLINE at 1-800-932-0313
    • Your local police department
    • Your County Children and Youth Department