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Child Abuse and Neglect

What is the definition of Child Abuse and Neglect?

Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

-The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

How prevalent is child abuse and neglect?

According to Child Welfare League of American (CWLA), in 2018, Alabama had over 28,000 referrals and investigations for child abuse and neglect.

What are the types of Abuse?

4 Basic Types of Abuse

  • Neglect
  • Physical
  • Mental/Emotional
  • Sexual

What is Erin’s Law?

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

Read about Erin’s Law