SEVEN STEPS TO HELP STAMP OUT CHILD ABUSE

1} REPORT:
suspected abuse or neglect. Inform authorities if you suspect that children are being harmed. Your concern may mean that children are protected from an abusive environment. 

2} ADVOCATE:
for services to help families. Communities need comprehensive service that address issues that affect families. Parenting programs, health care, and housing needs are vital to maintaining healthy children and families. 

3} VOLUNTEER:
at a local child abuse program. Parent support groups, crisis centers, and hotlines are typical programs that often welcome volunteers. Check you telephone
directory for the names of agencies in your area. 

4} HELP A FRIEND, NEIGHBOR OR RELATIVE:
someone you know may be struggling with parenting responsibility. Offer a sympathetic 
ear or a helping hand. Assisting occasionally with childcare or offering local sources of community help can be a tremendous boost to someone under stress.

5} HELP YOURSELF:
recognize the signs that indicate outside help is needed. If you feel overwhelmed, constantly sad, angry and out of control, get help. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. 

6} SUPPORT AND SUGGEST:
programs on child abuse prevention for local organization; Kiwanis Clubs, Exchange Clubs, PTA, church groups, women's and men's clubs all offer excellent opportunities for raising awareness 
in the community. 

7} PROMOTE:
programs in the schools. Teaching prevention strategies can help to keep children safe from those that would abuse them.

Quoted from the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
Joy Byers, May 1996
by way of: "Child Abuse Prevention Foundation"

How To Document Concerns About Child Abuse And Neglect

One of the biggest misconceptions about child protective serveices agencies is that they do not adequately
respond to reports of child abuse and neglect. Our justice system requires solid evidence that abuse is
occurring before investigators can intervene to protect a child. Therefore it is imperative that any concerns
about the welfare of a child be adequately and vigorously documented.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Record your concerns immediately. Always include the date and time of the incident.
2. Document facts, not opinions. If a child has a bruise for example, write down the color, locations and
size of the bruise. It is unnecessary to include your opinion about how you think it may have occurred.
3. Write down what the caregive told you about the incident or injury. You'll also want to include what the
child, sibling and other witness said about the incident.
4. Collect the names and contact information of everyone invovled in the incident. While it is not your job
to investigate a report, you'll want to provide all of this information to the child serves agency investigator
or law enforcement officer to ensure that they can gather all of the necessary information and evidence.
5. Sign, date and include the time of each entry.
6. Report your concens to the appropriate child protection agency in your state and make sure you write
down the name of the person you spoke with along with any suggestions or advice they offered. Write
down the date and time of your formal report.

TIPS & WARNINGS:

Always document your concerns using pen and your own handwriting. If you need to change an entry, cross it out with a single line and initial it. It is important to stay away from using white out to correct entries.

Keep your written recordings in a safe place. The court system or investigator may request them during a formal investigation.


If you have any suspicion whatsoever that a child is being abused or neglected it is imperative that you call your local child protective services hot line immediately. Proceed to the resources section for a link to the contact number in your state.

Documentation can be used as a means for supporting your concerns in the event of a formal child abuse investigation. It is imperative that you follow up any documented concerns with a formal report to your local child abuse and neglect hot line.

If the child is injured or the situation requires immediate attention, do not take the time to document your concerns. Call 911 right away.

RESOURCES:

Find The Child Abuse Hotline In Your State
Learn More About Child Abuse At Childabuse.org


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