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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

 

School-age children spend a minimum of 170 days in the classroom in Kentucky.

This gives educators many opportunities to help strengthen families, identify behavioral changes, or spot concerning interactions between children and their peers or parents. It also provides opportunities to build relationships with families, make connections with community resources, and discover ways to create a community that values education and safe homes for kids.

Resources
  • Check out this list of tips for educators around recognizing signs and knowing the risks of child abuse and neglect.
  • Review the Kentucky Department of Education’s web resources for child abuse and neglect prevention training for school personnel.
  • Learn more about how about to engage schools, parents and communities from the National Education Association, or learn culturally responsive parent engagement strategies from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Help Kids and Families as an Educator
  • Implement an evidence-informed child abuse prevention and intervention curriculum in your school, like Childhelp’s Speak Up Be Safe.
  • Help your district’s Family Resource or Youth Services Center host an event geared towards building relationships between the school and the community.
  • Get involved with or start a local parent-teacher or parent-teacher-student organization to help facilitate educator and community conversations.

 

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

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.