-Put Face It brochures and posters in your office waiting room or other locations where you practice. These free brochures and posters offer practical information for parents and caregivers about body safety, how to recognize child abuse, safe playdates, and more.
-Review the Face It Tips for Health Professionals for additional information about recognizing and reporting abuse, along with suggestions on how to provide guidance to parents.
-One of the most common risk factors is unrealistic expectations for the child’s age and 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. Help to educate parents by directing them to the CDC Milestones Checklist and Face It’s Parents and Caregivers page.
-Appointments with children and their parents are great opportunities to educate. Let parents know that it is OK to ask any questions they may have, without judgement.
-Share with parents that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend spanking or other physical discipline at any age. Provide parents with age-appropriate discipline techniques.
Ending child abuse is an adult responsibility. This Face It training video will help community members understand the signs of child abuse and neglect and how to report suspected abuse.
Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, general dentist in Western Kentucky, explains the TEN-4 Bruising Rule and di
Jennifer Hasch, dental hygienist in Louisville, emphasizes the importance of keeping kids safe in their community, whether you practice in the office, a school or community setting.
-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.
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.
Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).
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.