What to do if you suspect child abuse
What should I do if I suspect that my child has been abused?
If you think that your child may have been abused, then you need to keep your child away from the person you suspect has abused him. Seek for help immediately after this. Report your concerns to the doctor. Remember, doctors are legally obligated to report cases of suspected abuse.
You can also take your child to the hospital or to the doctor for examining any signs of physical abuse. If there is abuse, then the doctor who examines your child should file a report with child protective services.
You can also contact the police or you can call your local child protective services agency or the department of human services in your city, country or state. You can search "child abuse" online to find the number of a hotline. The Child help National Child Abuse Hotline will provide advice and local referrals. You can also call (800) 4-A-CHILD or (800) 442-4452.
After you file a complaint, a social worker or a law-enforcement officer will contact you to ask you what happened. If your child has not been examined by the doctor yet, then the social worker will refer one to you. She will also tell you about support groups and other community services.
It is sometimes difficult to tell if a child has been abused. You may see signs of abuse, but you may not be sure if your child was abused, or whether he is dealing with some other issues. If you are worried, then you need to trust your instincts and discuss your concerns with your partner and the doctor, or you can always call a child abuse hotline.