Report It

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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

 

Child Care
Providers

Child care providers play a critical role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect because they interact with both children and families regularly, especially the youngest and most vulnerable children.

Providers can help recognize when families are struggling with instability or when a child may be at risk of harm. Ensuring child care providers have the skills to recognize when families need education or support and are also equipped to detect and report child abuse is vital to keeping kids safe.

Resources
  • Check out this list of common signs and risk factors of child abuse and neglect.
  • Sign up for the Kentucky Shared Services portal, provided by the Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). The portal provides quality resources for child care providers including professional development opportunities, information on parent engagement, child abuse prevention, and much more.
  • Learn the risk factors and protective factors of child abuse and neglect. Check out the CDC’s information around those factors here.
  • Watch this short video from Face It to learn the signs of child abuse and neglect and how to report suspected abuse.
  • Learn more about how you can help strengthen families in this video.
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Participate
  • Develop activities for your child care center that help children build confidence and decrease stress. Check ideas out here.
  • Assess your organization for risk of child sexual abuse with Darkness 2 Light. Reduce or prevent isolated, one-on-one situations between youth and adults to help reduce the risk of sexual abuse.

 

In Your Community
  • Get out into your community and participate in local events hosted by organizations who provide services you support. This allows you to get to know your community members and build relationships with your neighbors.
  • Volunteer with a Face It partner.
  • Interested in advocating for change in state laws or regulations? Check out the Face It policy agenda.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

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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.

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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).

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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.