Report It



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:
or 1-800-422-4453




Temper tantrums. Potty training. Socializing. Parenting three- and four-year-old children is always an adventure and sometimes a real struggle. Children ages four and younger are very vulnerable to physical abuse and neglect.

Caring for Your Child
  • Make sure your child knows the difference between “okay” and “not okay” touches.
  • Teach children that once they can bathe and use the restroom on their own they should not accept such help from adults and older children.
  • Educate children about the difference between good secrets and bad secrets. A surprise party is a good secret because it isn’t kept for long. A secret that they are told to keep forever is not okay.
  • Potty training takes patience. Be patient and understanding with your child. Physical punishment and shaming are not effective ways to help your child learn to potty train. Instead, praise your child when she or he is successful. On average, potty training is an 18-month process.
  • The “terrible twos” will pass. Toddlers want to be independent and will tell you “No!” Use a calm tone and time outs to settle both you and your child.
  • Hitting and yelling don’t work. Scolding, if used frequently, can reinforce negative behavior and cause attention-seeking.


  • Sign your child up for preschool or Head Start, which can help a child prepare for school and to develop socially and emotionally.
  • Attend a parenting support group. Search Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children by county to find one near you.


  • Can’t find a parent support group that fits your needs? Start one on your own. Read tips to get started here and a curriculum here.
  • Want to get more involved in educating your community about preventing child abuse and neglect? Contact us.
  • 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.