Gateway Gazette

October is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Learn the Signs and Make the Call

National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a reminder to all Albertans to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, and to report any incident in which they believe a child or youth may need help.

“All Albertans have a responsibility to protect our children. Make the call that will enable a family to get the help and support it needs.”

~ Irfan Sabir, Minister, Human Services

Learn the Signs

There are many signs of child abuse or neglect. A child who is abused may:

  • appear to be continually hungry, dirty or unsuitably dressed for the weather;
  • be withdrawn or aggressive; or
  • have unexplained bruises or injuries.

Find out more about recognizing and reporting child abuse in Alberta.

Make the Call

Anyone who has concerns about a child’s safety or well-being should contact his or her local Child and Family Services Office, Delegated First Nations Agency, or police.

The confidential Child Abuse Hotline is also available at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about the signs of child abuse and how to help, visit humanservices.alberta.ca.

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