Child Help

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window reflection of childThe information below is from the National Childhelp Organization.

Definitions: Although there are many formal and acceptable definitions of child abuse, the following is offered as a guide for information on child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.

How do I know if You are being abused and what can You do about it?

Child abuse comes in many forms and happens to a lot of people. The 24-Hour Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline receives calls from people like you every day. Each call is anonymous. We have trained, professional counselors on staff to talk you through a crisis or to refer you to someone you can talk to in your area. We can also help you connect with the Child Protective Services office in your area.

You are stressed, or feel out of control with my child. You don’t know what to do and You are afraid to ask for help. What should You do?

The 24-Hour Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline receives calls from people like you every day. Each call is anonymous. We have trained, professional counselors on staff to talk you through a crisis or to refer you to someone you can talk to in your area.

What do You do if I think someone is abusing a child?

If a child discloses that he or she has been abused by someone, it is important that you listen to them most of all.

DO NOT
• Investigate
• Ask leading questions (a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the questioner is looking for – That man touched you, didn’t he?)
• Make promises
• Notify the parents or the caretaker

DO
• Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener).
• Tell the child it was not his/her fault
• Listen carefully
• Document the child’s exact quotes
• Be supportive, not judgmental
• Know your limits
• Tell the truth and make no promises
• Ask ONLY four questions
• What happened?
• Who did this to you?
• Where were you when this happened?
• When did this happen?
• Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!

Report it!

  • Call your local law enforcement agency if you believe the child is in immediate danger! 911
  • Call your local Child Protective Services Agency- Greenville County HotLine (864)467-7750
  • Call the 24-Hour Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline and we will connect you to the appropriate agency.

What is Childhelp®’s relationship with Child Protective Services?

Childhelp® accepts child abuse related calls through our 24-hour Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline. Since Childhelp® is not a reporting agency, we do refer callers to Child Welfare Information Gateway for reporting purposes. If a child discloses abuse or if someone reports abuse to Childhelp® counselors or staff members, a report will be made.

Child Protective Services hasn’t done anything and I don’t know why.

Child Protective Services (CPS) is a program mandated by individual states for the protection of children who are alleged to be abused or neglected. The function of this program is to screen and investigate allegations, perform assessments of the children’s safety and risk of harm, and evaluate the conditions that support or refute the allegations and need for intervention. The program may provide stabilization services for families to reduce risk factors. CPS does not necessarily remove a child in all allegations. Many allegations do not result in intervention. For example, in 2005, an estimated 3.6 million children received a CPS investigation; however only 899,000 were substantiated cases.

For more information, contact your local Child Welfare Information Gateway.