Kids are kids, and sometimes they play in ways that result in minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. These minor injuries are often found on bony areas of the body like knees, shins, elbows, and foreheads. However, there are other types of bruises that should be a red flag for possible abuse.
For children 4 years of age or younger, bruising in these areas are cause for concern and need to be reported.
All Kentuckians are mandated reporters. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Protection Hotline 1-877-KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331) or file a report online with CHFS. For contact information in other states, please visit our Report It page.
You can report anonymously, but it is very helpful in the investigation to give your name and occupation for follow up if needed.
Be prepared with as much information as you know including: child’s name, address, where they are now, specifics about what was seen, any imminent risks, information about siblings, mother’s name.
Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, general dentist in Western Kentucky, explains the TEN-4 Bruising Rule and di
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.