Child Abuse & Neglect

  • Child Abuse is maltreatment or non-accidental serious harm to a child by any person age fourteen years or older.

    4 Basic Types of Abuse

    • Neglect
    • Physical
    • Mental/Emotional
    • Sexual

    Child neglect is failure by a parent or caregiver to provide basic needs of a child (health, welfare, and safety).

    7 Basic Types of Neglect

    • Abandonment
    • Failure to thrive - poor growth pattern
    • Inadequate clothing/personal hygiene -consistently dirty; severe body odor; insufficient clothing for weather
    • Inadequate food - begs or steals food or money; malnutrition
    • Inadequate shelter - constant fatigue, listlessness, falls asleep
    • Inadequate supervision - left alone, truancy
    • Medical neglect

    To anonymously report suspected child abuse or neglect, please contact the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources (DHR) at (205) 423-4850.

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