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




Health professionals including EMTs, doctors, nurses, dentists, and many others have unique opportunities to interact with and examine children. A health professional may be the only adult interaction an isolated family has, which is why it is so important to ask questions, provide key information that can reduce stress, and observe both parents and children for warning signs of abuse and neglect.

  • Review the Face It Tips for Health Providers.
  • Watch this short video from Face It to learn the signs of child abuse and neglect and how to report suspected abuse.
Help Children and Families as a Health Professional
  • Put Face It brochures and posters in your office waiting room or in locations where you practice. The brochures and posters offer practical information for parents and caregivers. These educational materials are free for you to use and distribute and you can order them here.
  • Appointments and other interactions with children and their parents are great opportunities to educate. Parenting isn’t an inherent skill, so be sure to let parents you talk with know that it is OK to ask any questions they may have, without judgement.
  • Explain that crying is normal in young babies and toddlers. Most children do not gain the ability to stop crying on demand until at least four years of age or even older. Remind parents and caregivers that it is normal to feel frustrated when a baby or young child cries, but no one should ever shake or harm a baby or young child. If parents are feeling frustrated or angry, they can take a break. It’s OK to leave the baby in a crib or other safe place while they take a moment to regroup.
  • One of the most common risk factors in child physical abuse cases is unrealistic expectations for the child’s age and level of development. This can apply to crying, potty training issues, or the child’s response to instruction or other behavioral issues. When a caregiver mistakenly believes a child can completely control his actions, frustration, anger, and inappropriate discipline can follow. Remind parents to have realistic expectations for children and explain that their little brains are still learning to do some of the most basic things.
  • Much like crying, toilet training accidents cause frustration for parents. Help parents and caregivers understand their child’s development, and remind them that most children are not fully potty-trained until after three years of age.
  • Share with parents that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend spanking or other physical discipline at any age. Research has shown that its effectiveness wears off over time, and the risk of inadvertently causing an injury far outweighs any potential benefits. Research also tells us that children who are spanked or physically disciplined have a higher rate of aggressive behavior toward adults and other children. Provide parents with age-appropriate discipline techniques and anticipatory guidance.
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 or what the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is working on.

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.