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

 

Youth Program
Professionals

Youth programs within a community can play a key role in both the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect. These programs interact with children regularly, often in settings where children are with their peers and have contact with other adults. Staff and volunteers need the skills to recognize when youth behavior is worrisome, when families are struggling with instability, or when a child may be at risk of harm and know how they can help prevent abuse by building strong families and a supportive community.

Resources
  • 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.
  • Check out The Healing TREE’s list of crisis hotlines for anyone who has experienced trauma, including children, parents, and caregivers.
  • Attend a free Face It training for youth-serving organizations in Louisville. This includes organizations such as youth sports, faith-based organizations, community centers, youth development/enrichment centers and those who serve vulnerable populations.

 

Help Kids and Families as a Youth Program Professional
  • Make sure your program requires criminal background checks, personal interviews, and professional recommendations for all adults
    who work with youth.
  • 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

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.