Since children can also be the victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation, each of us should be familiar with the different types of child abuse:
- Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that causes injury, emotional damage or death because of someone’s action or failure to act ( e.g., hitting, kicking, burning, tying-up, or holding a child under water).
- Child neglect is the failure or a parent or Caregiver to provide for a child’s basic needs including inadequate food, shelter, clothing, supervision or necessary medical care.
- Child exploitation is using a minor child for profit, labor, sexual gratification, or some other personal or financial advantage.
Reporting Child Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
If you suspect a child is suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation, it’s important to speak out.
- If a child is in immediate danger, dial ““9-1-1””.
- If the child is not in immediate danger, make a direct report by phoning:
- The Child help National Child Abuse Hotline @ 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). This hotline is available “24-7” to U.S. & Canadian Territories
- phoning the State toll-free number for reporting child abuse/neglect @ 1-800-932-0313