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
- Suspect an injury was caused by
- 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.