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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

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TEN-4 Week Wrap Up!

We know that kids are kids, and sometimes they get minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises on the bony areas of the body, like their knees, elbows, and foreheads.  However, there are some injuries that may indicate that something is wrong. The TEN-4 bruising rule is an easy-to-remember acronym to help people identify those potential red flags for child maltreatment. If you see bruising on the Torso, Ears, or Neck of a child under the age of 4 or any bruising anywhere on a baby not yet pulling up or taking steps, please report it at 1-877-KYSAFE1. 

This October 4th, the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement once again raised awareness to the critically important TEN-4 Bruising Rule and emphasized the importance of adults knowing the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how to report it. Throughout the week last week, Face It hosted four Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma trainings with more than 224 social workers, medical professionals, dentists, dental hygienists, EMTs, early childhood educators, and FRYSCs in attendance. Participants learned the early warning signs of maltreatment and the various injuries and conditions that may result from vigorous shaking, slamming, or impacting the head of an infant or young child, along with safe sleep practices and tools for dealing with a crying infant and ways to share information with parents to prevent abuse from occurring. 

Face It also hosted a Facebook Live event to recognize TEN-4 Day and the statewide efforts to prevent and end child abuse in the Commonwealth. Kosair Charities and community partners in the Face It Movement heard remarks from Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Participants also heard remarks from Liz Renner, whose son was severely abused by a caregiver resulting in one of Kentucky’s Child Abuse Pediatricians identifying it as a case of pediatric abusive head trauma. We are proud to have TEN-4 Day proclamations from Governor Andy Beshear, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and local Mayors and leaders across the commonwealth who understand the importance of this child abuse recognition tool, including: 

– Boone County Judge Executive Gary W. Moore

– Mayor of Bowling Green Todd Alcott and Warren County Officials

– Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery

– Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly

– Floyd County Judge Executive Robert Williams

– Mayor of Florence Diane Whalen

– Johnson County Judge Executive Mark Mckenzie

– Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann

– Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton

– Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

– Mayor of Manchester James Ed Garrison

– Magoffin County Judge Executive Matthew Wireman

– Martin County Judge Executive Colby Kirk

– Mayor of Owensboro Tom Watson

– Pike County Judge Executive Ray S. Jones II

– Mayor of Prestonsburg Les Stapleton

With partners at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Mass General Brigham in Boston, TEN-4 Day 2022 was also recognized by Governor Pritzker of Illinois and Governor Baker of Massachusetts. PLUS shoutouts from a Pediatrician from Maryland MD and the Lebanon VA Medical Center  in Pennsylvania!

Special thanks to our partners at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Family Nurturing Center, Volunteers of America Mid-States, and Family Enrichment Center, Inc. for helping secure these local proclamations!

Thank you to all who participated in TEN-4 Day (and week!) by making child abuse prevention a priority. Together, we can end child abuse in the Commonwealth! Learn more about the TEN-4 FACEp Bruising Rule and how you can stay involved throughout the year.

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