BRIDGES is working to prevent child abuse and neglect. Join us.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, child abuse and neglect are complex problems rooted in unhealthy relationships and environments. Preventing child abuse and neglect requires addressing risk and protective factors at the individual, relational, community, and societal levels.

Here’s what you can do to keep children safe, according to Child Welfare Information Gateway.

1. Learn how to recognize signs of child abuse and neglect. The first step in helping children who have been abused or neglected is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. See a factsheet here.

2) Report your concerns. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, reporting your concerns may protect that child and get help for a family who needs it. Here’s who to contact.

3) Help a family under stress. Offer to babysit, help with chores and errands, or suggest resources in the community. You may visit www.211.org or dial 2-1-1 to learn about community organizations and programs that support parents and families in your area.

4) Be an active community member. Lend a hand at local schools, community- or faith-based organizations, children’s hospitals, social services agencies, or other places where families and children are supported. Learn how you (and your children) can get involved here. Below are more ways to keep children in our community safe.