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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

 

Policy

Face It partners know both policy and practice solutions are necessary to end child abuse. Each year during the Kentucky General Assembly, Face It partners actively work on several policies that will prevent and end abuse.

2017 Policy Priorities

The 2017 priorities will keep kids safer with the adults who care for them and help the state better serve the families who come into contact with the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS):

  • Strengthen background checks for personnel in public schools, youth camps, and private child care providers, including:

    ⋅ Check the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry for a history of substantiated child abuse or neglect as part of the hiring process for public school employees

    ⋅ Require background checks for staff and volunteers at youth camps

    ⋅ Allow parents to check the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry for babysitters

  • Increase transparency within the Department for Community Based Services’ Ombudsman’s office by moving functions related to appeals and cases outside of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Past Policy Wins

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Broadened the scope of a child’s testimony in court – SB 60 allows courts to consider a child’s more generalized testimony about a pattern of abuse, known as a continuous course of conduct

Equipped all educators to know how to recognize and report child abuse – SB 119 ensures all public school educators receive training about child abuse and neglect so they can help protect children.

Protected teens and children from effects of dating violence – HB 8 extends protective orders to victims of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This protects many teens in dating relationships and children whose parents experience violence in dating relationships.

Helped reduce child deaths from pediatric abusive head trauma – HB 157 equips doctors with education on how to recognize early warning signs of pediatric abusive head trauma and intervene.

Secured funding for the child fatality review panel – Funding for the panel allows it to more closely review child abuse death tragedies and develop recommendations to help prevent future deaths from occurring.

Advocated for a panel to reduce child abuse deaths – HB 290 put into law the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel to review child abuse deaths, improve practices in the child welfare system, and prevent future child abuse deaths.