Keeping Children Safe
Talk often and early to children about body safety.It is part of an ongoing dialogue from their early years through their teens. Create an atmosphere of trust and openness.
- DO talk about body parts that are “private” and those that are not private.
- DO use appropriate language when naming body parts.
- DO talk about who is allowed to touch a child’s private parts, such as a doctor as part of an exam or parents and caregivers who might assist with toileting or bathing.
- DO talk about how it is not okay for anyone else to touch private parts, including other children.
- DO have a plan with your child in the event someone touches them or they feel uncomfortable about they way someone touched their body. Be sure there is a person they will tell.
- DO become familiar with the signs of sexual abuse.
- The Division for Children Youth and Families (1-800-894-5533)
- And/or your local police department
Responding to a Disclosure
It is important to remain calm when a child discloses abuse. It is your responsibility once you KNOW to TELL DCYF and/or local law enforcement. Be honest and truthful with the child. It is okay not to have all the answers. Show your love and support so they KNOW they are not alone.
Make your Report
To Report Abuse contact the Division for Children, Youth & Families or your local police. DCYF: To report child abuse or neglect, (800) 894-5533 or (603) 271-6562.
What do I do if I suspect child abuse or neglect?
NH Law requires any person who suspects that a child under age 18 has been abused or neglected must report that suspicion immediately to DCYF. (New Hampshire RSA 169-C:29-31)
- If a child tells you that he or she has been hurt or you are concerned that a child may be the victim of any type of abuse or neglect, you must call the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit at: Telephone: (800) 894-5533
- Call your local police department with urgent child abuse or neglect reports
Proof of abuse and neglect is not required to make a report.