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Be informed. Help stop child abuse by knowing what it looks like. Child Abuse is non-discriminatory as it occurs among all ethnicities, religions, socio-economic statuses, cultures and backgrounds.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse, according to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), means intentionally, knowingly or recklessly doing any of the following: Causing bodily injury to a child through any recent act or failure to act. Fabricating, feigning or intentionally exaggerating or inducing a medical symptom or disease which results in a […]

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Child abuse statistics

In the USA: A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Every year referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report. And the impacts are devastating: Between four and seven children die each […]

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Warning signs of child abuse

Be aware of the warning signs of child abuse. Physical Abuse Warning Signs: Injuries on children where children do not usually get injured (e.g., torso, back, neck, ears, buttocks, or thighs) Withdrawn, fearful or extreme behavior Flinches easily or avoids being touched Neglect Warning Signs: Frequently fatigued Parentified behaviors (child […]

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Resources for children and families in need

Pennsylvania CHILDLINE Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance protect our children through education, information and action. Visit site Montgomery Child Office of Children and Youth The Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, under Pennsylvania law, is mandated to investigate all reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or dependency of children from birth […]

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Are you a mandated reporter?

Adults in the following positions are required by law to report if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse. A person licensed or certified to practice in any health-related field under the jurisdiction of the Department of State. A medical examiner, coroner […]

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Who is a perpetrator?

A perpetrator of child abuse can be a child’s parent, the person responsible for the welfare of a child such as a babysitter or day care staff person, an individual residing in the same home as the child who is at least 14 years of age, or a paramour of […]

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To keep kids safe, ask the right questions

When picking up the children in your care from a playdate, after-school program, or any other event where you are not accompanying them, rather than asking them, “Were you good?” “Did you behave?” or “Did you listen?” think about asking them these questions instead: Did you enjoy yourself? How did […]

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