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Where to Report Suspected Abuse :

      If you see Child Abuse happening call the Police at 911 immediately.

What to DO when a child comes forward:
  • Contact Law Enforcement 911 or Department of Children Services 1-877-237-0004  immediately and without exception.
  • Comfort and reassure the child when needed
  • Arrange for immediate counseling, if needed
  • Document the information and your concerns in writing as soon as possible
  • Secure medical attention, if appropriate
  • Keep the child separate from the alleged offender, if possible

What NOT to DO when a child comes forward:

  • Make promises you cannot keep
  • Attempt to investigate the allegations on your own
  • Make the child repeat the disclosure to other responsible adults
  • Inform the alleged offended of the accusation or the identity of the child
  • Overreact, be judgmental of become overly emotional in the presence of the child
  • Confront the alleged offender

Ways to RESPOND when a child comes forward:

  • Go slowly and deliberately, don't ask to much to quickly and don't pressure the child to keep talking
  • Reassure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling
  • Let the child know you believe his or her story
  • Tell the child it was not his or her fault, repeat this message
  • Keep you own anger in check
  • It is all right to say you are sorry for what happened, but don't allow your feelings of sadness or anger overwhelm the child's feelings or take precedence.
  • Tell the child briefly what will happen next
  • Give continuing support for the courage and strength it took for the child to tell.
   
 

Toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-800-273-4747

General Information: 731-668-4000 - email
General Mailing Address: Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse - P. O. Box 447, Jackson, TN 38302