Don’t Look the Other Way

Don’t Look the Other Way

Report child abuse to the proper authorities

Child abuse and neglect can come in many forms. Maybe a child you know always looks dirty or isn’t gaining weight like they should at their age.

If you suspect a child in your life is being abused or neglected, contact the statewide abuse hotline. You can find the resources you need to identify abuse or neglect in a child’s life at CASA of Ohio Valley.

According to Kentucky state law, you’re required to report suspected abuse or neglect to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or law enforcement. State law offers good faith immunity, which will protect you from civil or criminal liability if you make a report in good faith and with reasonable cause. You’ll have that same immunity if you participate in any judicial proceedings concerning the abuse or neglect.

If you think a child is in immediate danger, dial 911.

If you suspect cases of abuse or neglect, call the statewide abuse hotline at 1-877-KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331).

Learn more about child neglect

Child neglect occurs when a parent or legal guardian doesn’t provide the essential elements a child needs for proper health and safety. It depends on a number of factors, including the child’s age. The different types of neglect include:

  • Supervision
  • Environmental
  • Medical
  • Risk of harm
  • Educational
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Food
  • Hygiene/clothing
  • Emotional

Your identifying information will be kept confidential when you make a report.

Don’t wait until a child’s abusive situation gets any worse. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the statewide abuse hotline.