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Kentucky

All Kentuckians are mandated reporters. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Protection Hotline.

1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331

For contact information in other states, please visit our Report It page.

Additional Support:

Child help: National Abuse Hotline:
1-800-4-CHILD
or 1-800-422-4453

 

Caring For School-Age Children

Homework. Sleepovers. Extracurricular activities. Expanding social circles. As a child’s world grows, so do the challenges for parents.

Caring for Your Child
  • Make sure your child knows the difference between “okay” and “not okay” touches.
  • Educate children about the difference between good secrets and bad secrets. A surprise party is a good secret because it isn’t kept for long. A secret that they are told to keep forever is not okay.
  • Hitting and yelling don’t work. Scolding, if used frequently, can reinforce negative behavior and cause attention-seeking.
Educate

 

Participate
  • Stay involved with your child’s learning and activities at school.
  • Know another parent who may need a hand with transporting children or child care? Offer to help out and reduce that parent’s stress.
  • Attend a parenting support group. Search Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children by county to find one near you.

 

Activate
  • Can’t find a parent support group that fits your needs? Start one on your own. Read tips to get started here and a curriculum here.
  • Want to get more involved in educating your community about preventing child abuse and neglect? Contact us.
  • Interested in advocating for change in state laws or regulations? Check out the Face It policy agenda.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

Physical Abuse

Look for any bruising on a baby who is not yet pulling up and taking steps; bruising to the ears, neck, torso, buttocks, or genitals of any child under four years; unexplained injuries on children of any age.

Sexual Abuse

Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).

Fear of Telling

Children are afraid to tell about their abuse because they feel ashamed, don’t want the abuser to hurt them, don’t want to cause stress for their caregivers, or don’t want their abuser to go to jail.