IF YOU SUSPECT THAT A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED OR NEGLECTED, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY...

Call your local police department

 OR 

Make a report to the Department of Children and Families by calling the Child-At Risk Hotline at 1(800)792-5200

   DCF Mandated Report


IF A CHILD DISCLOSES ABUSE...

 

     DO

  •            Call the DCF Child-At-Risk Hotline

  •          Believe the child

  •          Allow the child to talk

  •          Remain calm

  •          Show interest and concern

  •          Reassure and support the child
  •          Take action. It could save a child’s life.

     DON’T

  •          Panic or overreact
  •          Press the child to talk
  •          Promise anything you can’t control
  •          Confront the offender
  •          Blame or minimize the child’s feelings
  •          Overwhelm the child with questions