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 How do I Report a Suspicion of Child Abuse?


  1. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911
  2. If the child is not in immediate danger, call your local DHR office for your county. Be prepared to give as much information as possible


What are the signs of Child Abuse or Neglect?


The Child

  1. Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  2. Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents attention
  3. Has learning problems that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  4. Is always watchful as tough preparing for something bad to happen
  5. Lacks adult supervision
  6. Is overly complaint, passive or withdrawn
  7. Comes to school or other activities early, stays late and does not want to go home


The Parent

  1. Shows little concern for the child
  2. Denies the existence of or blames the child for the child's problems in school or at home
  3. Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  4. Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless or burdensome
  5. Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  6. Looks primarily to the child for care, attention and satisfaction of emotional needs.


Reproduced from the Child Welfare Information Gateway