Child abuse is defined as” doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm.” Abuse can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect (not providing for a child's needs). Children suffering from abuse can experience greater emotional than physical damage. Effects of child abuse may include depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, violence, or abuse of others.
Colorado has one toll-free phone number to report child abuse and neglect 24/7, 365 days a year. Please call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) to report concerns about a child’s safety and well-being. All calls are confidential and will be routed to the county where a child resides. If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. You may also contact the county in which the activity is taking place. If you do not know what county you need please call the Colorado Department of Human Services at 1-844-264-5437.
If you have concerns about someone you know being abused and wish to report anonymously, please make a Safe2Tell report by calling 1-877-542-7233, making a reporting using the Safe2Tell Colorado mobile app or submitting a tip online.
Additional resources to learn more about the child abuse and neglect:
- What is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms Fact Sheet by the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Are you a Mandatory Reporter? Information and online training on Mandatory Reporting in Colorado
- Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS
1 Source: US National Library of Medicine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html