You can help prevent
child abuse and neglect by using techniques to help
you manage the responsibilities and stress related to parenting and daily life.
Regardless of whether you are a parent, you can help children by showing
concern for their well-being, volunteering when you are able, and being a
general advocate for them.
Ask for help when you
need it. Call a family member or friend to give you a break if you feel
overwhelmed. Find out about community resources that are available to help you
with child care or other services you need. Call a doctor or local hospital
for a place to start. Some communities have respite care facilities for
children, which provide temporary child care during times when you need a
Increase your knowledge
of children's developmental stages. The normal pattern of
crying in a newborn is a common trigger for shaken
baby syndrome (also called intentional head injury). For more information, see
the Growth and Development topics.
Remove firearms and other
dangerous weapons from your home.
To help children in your community:
Be aware of the children in your neighborhood.
Learn their names and show basic concern for them, such as waving to them or
asking about how they're doing at home and school.
friend, neighbor, or relative who is feeling overwhelmed with child care and
Learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and