Child Abuse and Neglect… LET'S MAKE IT A PROBLEM OF THE PAST!
Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem. Nationwide, approximately 686,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect during one year -2012 (U.S. Dept HHS). Nationally, overall rates of child victimization have gone down since 2008. In 2012, a national estimate of 1,640 children died because of abuse and/or neglect. Abuse can happen among the wealthy as well as the poor, in rural areas, in suburbs, or in cities. Only by recognizing it and responding to what we see can we help end the cycle of family violence.
This prevention and reporting information is for you to use and to share with others. Our hope is that this information will decrease the numbers of children who are abused, neglected, or assaulted.
We also hope that it will help you to help yourself or to assist others who need or want help with problems of parenting. If you need help or you know someone who does, these numbers are very important:
First Call for Help
Broome or Tioga County - 211 or 1-800-901-2180
Chenango County 1-800-227-5353
(Answers questions and can direct you to services in the community.)
NYS Parent Helpline (9:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.)
Department of Social Services – Broome County
NYS Child Abuse & Maltreatment Reporting Center
24-hour Hotline (for reporting suspicions of child abuse or neglect )
With your help, we CAN make child abuse and neglect a problem of the past.
Child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment is defined when a parent or other person legally responsible for the child's care commits, or allows to be committed, injury or harm to a child under the age of 18.
In New York State causing such harm may be labeled in several ways:
Includes instances in which beating, burning or even shaking (of extremely young children) causes serious physical harm. Whether the parent or caregiver actually inflicts the harm or merely creates the risk that the harm could occur, the act could be abuse.
Includes incest, rape, or any other sexual activity committed or allowed to be committed against a child.
Includes failure to provide warmth, attention to a child. It can also be excessive yelling, belittling, humiliation or teasing such that harm results to the child.
A failure to provide minimum degree of care and protection to a child; a failure to provide adequate…
…that results in physical, mental, emotional impairment to a child.
(These are just some examples, there are other things you may see and hear that are not mentioned here).
Abuse and neglect may be present when one or several of the preceding factors are evident. It should be noted that certain factors are sometimes present in non-abused children.
Each can occur separately or several may show up in the same family.
Some professionals such as health, education, law enforcement, social services, and child care are required by New York State law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The law also states that any person may report if there is reasonable cause to suspect maltreatment. Most of us by our conscience and concern for the safety of all children want to make that phone call to the New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Reporting Center if we suspect a child is being abused or maltreated.
Do not hesitate to speak out promptly. The intent of the Social Service law is not to punish parents but to keep the child in the home unless there clearly is danger. In most cases the whole family can be helped so that they stay together. If you report, and do it early, the child and the family can benefit from the services or the intervention. Individuals who report suspected child abuse/neglect are protected by the law and are immune from legal liability for reporting in good faith.
Care enough to help our children and keep them safe.
Call 1-800-342-3720 and you will be asked to provide the following information:
You can still make a report if you do not have all the information.
When you make a report it will cause an investigation to begin by the Child Protective Services Department in your community.
If a child is in immediate danger dial 911!