Preventing Child Abuse
Our site has a wealth of information to help keep children safe from abuse and maltreatment.
Across New York State, child abuse is a community issue. Every citizen can play a role in helping to protect the safety and well-being of our children. The OCFS website provides valuable information about programs such as the Healthy Families Home Visiting Program, which gives a helping hand to new parents who are at risk of child abuse. The online Concerned Citizen Guide provides information to the public on child abuse and is a resource for enhancing community awareness around this important issue. Also, I would encourage you to check out the frequently asked questions on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse prevention involves education and raising the public's awareness about ways to prevent serious and often life-threatening child injuries from occurring in the first place. The "Shaken Baby Syndrome" information will alert you to the grave dangers of permanent injury or death that can result from shaking an infant.
The 30-minute video, "New York Loves Safe Babies," is a visual presentation for caretakers of infants and young children. This resource provides helpful strategies to parents and other caretakers for keeping infants and young children safe.
It takes all of us working together to keep every child safe and secure. You may know families that are at risk because of stress or other factors. Perhaps you can point them to the resources listed on our website. The OCFS website contains child abuse prevention information in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic, as well as English. By working together, we can continue to provide our communities with the tools they need to help protect vulnerable lives and build brighter futures for the children of New York State.
Finally, if you think that a child may be at risk of child abuse or neglect, contact the New York State Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Register) at 1-800-342-3720. If you believe that a child may be in immediate danger, call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication to helping raise awareness about child abuse and for sharing with your community the information you find on the OCFS website.