Concerned about possible abuse? Find out what to do next

 

Many of us have had times when we have suspected that a child we’ve seen or that we know has experienced some kind of mistreatment or neglect.  We want to say something, for instance, to the stressed out mom who slaps her toddler’s hand for acting out.  Or, we see a dad who constantly tears down his son after the ball game.  Or maybe, a friend’s boyfriend seems to take too much interest in her children and we suspect his motives or actions may be inappropriate.

So what do you do?  Do you say something to the parent?  Should you report it to the authorities?

There are a lot of things you could do, but it can be hard to discern what the right move is.  Sometimes talking to a parent is the best thing for the child, and sometimes it can actually increase instances or severity of abuse.

Instead of wondering what to do, give us a call at Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD.  Professional counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you determine the best course of action.  All calls are anonymous.  For more information, please click here.

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