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Be Their Hero-Help Prevent Child Abuse

A HERO’SWORK The good news is that child abuse and neglect are preventable. But kids need heroes to get involved. If the child is currently being hurt, or is in immediate danger, call 911. To make a report, email the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Safety: Dhs.Child.Safety- Permanency@state.mn.us, or call the DHS Information Desk at 651-431-2000 (TTY/TDD service: 800-627-3529 ). The best way to help prevent abuse is to recognize the signs. The Child Welfare Information Gateway lists possible signs of child abuse or neglect, below.9 Of course, not all signs are indications of actual abuse, but if you have concerns, always file a report. SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the child: • Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes • Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school • Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home • Shrinks at the approach of adults • Reports injury by a parent or another • Abuses animals or pets Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver: • Offers conflicting, unconvincing, or no explanation for the child’s injury, or provides an explanation that is not consistent with the injury • Describes the child as “evil” or in some other very negative way • Uses harsh physical discipline with the child • Has a history of abuse as a child • Has a history of abusing animals or pets KINDRED FAMILY FOCUS YOUTH AND A FAMILY MEMBER adult caregiver — 3 — ADULT CHILD


Be Their Hero-Help Prevent Child Abuse
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