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Child Abuse and Neglect - When to Seek Help

Call911or other emergency services immediately if you see a child being abused or believe a child is in immediate danger, or you see that a child:

Call police or child protective services immediately if you:

  • Suspect an injury was caused by abuse.
  • Suspect that abuse or neglect is placing a child's health at risk.
  • Suspect that a child has seen or heard domestic violence within his or her family.
  • Are worried that you or your spouse or partner may lose control and hurt your child.

If the child is not in immediate danger, call your local child protective services or police if:

Childhelp, a nonprofit agency, provides telephone numbers and information about how to report suspected or observed child abuse or neglect. The national Child Abuse hotline number is 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). The U.S. Administration of Children and Families, under the Department of Health and Human Services, has established a Children's Bureau that supports the states in the delivery of child welfare services designed to protect children and strengthen families.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: December 07, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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