If a child discloses abuse....

 

 DO

  • 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