The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize
the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but
a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination.
If you do suspect a child is being harmed, reporting your suspicions may protect the child and get
help for the family. Any concerned person can report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. Some people (typically certain
types of professionals) are required by law to make a report of child maltreatment under specific circumstances—these
are called mandatory reporters.
For more information about where
and how to file a report, contact your local child protective services agency or police department.
An additional resource for information and referral is the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline
(Child Welfare Information Gateway,