SUSPECT | DETECT | PROTECT
IF YOU SUSPECT, LEARN TO DETECT.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of abuse can save your child and can save every child.
IF YOU DETECT, KNOW HOW TO PROTECT.
How to respond to disclosure of child abuse
- Remain calm
- Believe the child. Children rarely make up stories about abuse.
- Listen without passing judgment.
- Tell the child you are glad that she/he told someone.
- Assure the child the abuse isn’t her/his fault.
- Do what you can to make sure the child is safe from further abuse.
- Do not investigate yourself. Call police or local Child Protective Services.
PROTECT YOUR CHILD, EVERY CHILD.
Child abuse can take place at home, in schools and among peers.
It can happen next door, next to your child and next to you.
These tips for preventing abuse can help protect your child and every child.
- Participate in your child’s activities and get to know their friends.
- Teach children the differences between “good”, “bad” and “confusing” touches.
- Be aware of changes in a child’s behavior or attitude, and inquire.
- Listen when a child tells you she/he does not want to be with someone, and ask why.
- Be alert for talk that reveals premature sexual knowledge.
- Teach children what to do if they become separated from their parents while away from home.
- Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
- Make certain your child’s school or day care center will release him/her to only you or someone you officially designate.
- Teach your child the correct names of all their body parts.
- Never discipline children when your anger is out of control.