Report Abuse or Neglect
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911. If you suspect abuse
or neglect – or if a child tells you about abuse, make a report by calling:
Kansas 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: 800-922-5330
Mandated reporters of abuse can also email suspected abuse
Child abuse is mistreatment of a child that results in harm or injury. It can be physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.
Child sexual abuse is when one or more individuals use a child in a sexual way to meet his or her own needs, whether or not it involves touching the child. Sexual abuse does not always include sexual intercourse.
Child neglect is failure to provide a child with needed care and protection. Child neglect and child abuse differ, although their results can be similar. Both can cause serious physical injury, emotional harm and even death. Neglect is what a parent or other guardian does NOT do, rather than what he or she does. No parent can be attentive to a child’s needs at all times in all places. Repeated inattention is cause for concern.
Signs of Abuse
These are only some of the possible physical and behavior signs of abuse though some of the signs listed may indicate problems that do NOT involve abuse.
- unexplained bruises or injuries
- depression, mood changes
- crying, sadness
- nausea, upset stomach
- nightmares, bedwetting, fear of going to bed
- loss of appetite
- irritability, anger, hostility
- temper tantrums
- sexually inappropriate behavior
- isolation or secrecy
- the wish to withdraw from usual activities.
Signs of Neglect
These are only some of the possible physical and behavior signs of neglect though some of the signs listed may indicate problems that do NOT involve neglect.
- Extreme behavior
- Uncared-for appearance
- Lack of supervision
- Need for medical care
The Kansas Department for Children and Families is responsible for responding to reports of alleged abuse or neglect of a child. SOS’ mission involves improving the lives of those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. The two programs that mainly deal with child abuse are our Child Advocacy Center, and CASA of the Flint Hills.
You can read more about child abuse reporting here: Kansas Reporting Hotlines