Studies have shown that neighbors can reduce violence and crime in a community simply by increasing their awareness and working together. Similarly, neighbors can help stop child abuse and neglect.
Here are some things you can do to make children and families safe and secure in your neighborhood:
Understand the causes and effects of abuse and neglect. If you know a parent who is under stress, encourage them to seek help. To locate a parenting program that can provide guidance and support, call Prevention Information and Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373). The Helpline is a program of Prevent Child Abuse NY
Learn to identify the warning signs of child abuse and neglect. Abuse can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Neglect is the failure by a caretaker to provide a child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, supervision, or emotional support.
To learn more, call ACS's Division of Neighborhood Based Services (NBS) at 212-341-3060 and ask for a copy of the Parents' Guide to New York State Child Welfare Laws. NBS can also send a representative to speak in your community about child abuse and neglect.
Report any known or suspected case that you observe. Reporting abuse can protect children from further harm and help a family address its problems. All reports are confidential and may be made anonymously.