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Closing Your Eyes To The Problem Is Extremely Inappropriate. Learn Simple Ways How To Report Child Abuse

Date November 2, 2018 20:02

Any child has the right to be safe, as well as any good parent would do anything to protect their children. However, despite these two statements being true, child abuse still occurs every day all around the world. Child abuse is still an absolutely terrifying issue not only in the US. It is our duty to try to prevent or stop it.

Would you help your child immediately when they are in danger? So wouldn’t it be great to help other children in need as well? We believe that the world will become a much safer and better place to live in if everyone reports any suspected crime. Don’t close your eyes to the problem – report child abuse! In this article, you can learn how and when to do it.

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How to report child abuse correctly?

First, let’s learn what information the child abuse report should contain. Remember, the more details you include in your report, the higher the chances are that the agency will respond quickly and appropriately. Also, it is extremely important to clarify if the child is believed to be in imminent danger. Your report should contain the following information:

  1. Your name and contact information. However, if you are not a mandated reporter, you can make an anonymous report. Nevertheless, the reporter’s identity is kept confidential.
  2. The child’s name, address, and current location.
  3. The names of the child’s parents, guardians, as well as the information about the suspected abuser.
  4. The description of the situation that caused your concern;
  5. Any other relevant information.

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Reporting child abuse: what are the options?

No one has the right to hurt any child. However, even good parents can harm their children unintentionally. If you want to report child abuse, call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, no matter what your current location is, at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (or 1-800-422-4453). The call is absolutely confidential. However, the reporter’s identity may be disclosed for the sake of the investigation.

You can report child abuse in Florida by contacting the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96ABUSE or 1-800-453-5145 (TDD). You can also report any child abuse online HERE.

If you are located in Texas, you can report the suspected child abuse by calling the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. The child abuse hotline is available 24/7 and is nationwide. If you believe that the situation doesn’t require immediate actions to be taken (less than 24 hours), you can fill a report online HERE.

You can always report suspect child abuse or neglect in the State of Tennessee by contacting the child abuse hotline at 877-237-0004 or making a report online HERE.

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When to report child abuse?

In case you are wondering when to report child abuse, the answer is simple – as soon as possible. If you think that the situation is not critical and could wait a bit, it is better to make an online report and provide the full information about the cause for concern thoroughly. If you believe that actions should be taken in less than 24 hours, it is recommended to contact your local Child Protective Services (CPS). But remember, if you believe that the child is in imminent danger – call 9-1-1!

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Don’t put yourself at risk and let the services do their job. It is not recommended to interfere with the situation by yourself. We’re obliged to report any reasonably suspected case of child abuse. Let’s protect our children.

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