The Blue Ribbon 5 Step Online Training - 

The steps below can be read out loud as a group or printed and handed out with discussion time at the close of each session. 

1.  What is Child Abuse

“Any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” 

​3.  Signs of Child Abuse

  • Frequent injuries such as bruises, cuts, black eyes, or burns without adequate explanations

  • Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury

  • Burns or bruises in unusual patterns that may indicate the use of an instrument or human bite; cigarette burns on any part of the body

  • Lack of reaction to pain

  • Aggressive, disruptive, and destructive behavior

  • Passive, withdrawn, and emotionless behavior

  • Fear of going home or seeing parents

  • Injuries that appear after a child has not been seen for several days

  • Unreasonable clothing that may hide injuries to arms or legs

4.  Statistics


679,000 children are confirmed as new victims of maltreatment in the U.S.; that is 9.1 per 1,000 children.

An estimated 6.4 million children received a CPS investigation, meaning they were likely at-risk for abuse or neglect.  Children of all ages are abused and neglected   1 in 6 boys will be abused and 1 in 4 girls will experience sexual abuse before turning 18 years old.

5.  How to Report Child Abuse


Call either your local Child Protective Services (CPS), your local police (911), or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD or in Texas call 1-800-252-5400.

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When momma doesn't come home I hold her clothes because they smell like her and I miss her. 

-  N. Marie, 3rd grade,

victim of child neglect