STEPS TO PROTECT A CHILD
Listen & Be Supportive
Avoid Questioning the Child
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-877-542-2873
Tennessee Code Annotated: §37-1-403. All persons (including doctors, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members, and friends) must report suspected child abuse or neglect. Failure to report child abuse or neglect is a violation of the law.
At the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center alone, we saw 857 Child victims in 2015. These 857 children had all suffered suspected severe abuse, which is abuse to a vital organ, head, sexual or drug abuse.
SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
Below are indicators of child abuse that can include but are not limited to these signs. Some signs are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts! Suspicion of abuse is enough reason to call the hotline. You do not need proof.
Changes in Behavior
Returning to Earlier Behavior
Fear of Going Home
Changes in Eating
Changes in Sleeping
Changes in School Performance and Attendance
Lack of Personal Care or Hygiene
Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
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