The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:
a. “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation”; or
b. “An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected please report it to your local authorities or contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at (1-800) 422-4453. Children suffering from abuse may go unnoticed for years, permanently damaging their health and development. There are many signs that can help you know what to look for. Remember that no single sign listed below is proof of abuse, but they are signs to alert you to a potential abuse situation.