Parents & Guardians Corner


Child sexual abuse is a serious problem — most often committed by people we know and trust. Experts estimate that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

What to do if you suspect child sexual abuse: Learning about a child’s disclosure of abuse can be a difficult time for parents and caregivers. The DCF hotline makes it easy to share your concerns and get answers to your questions with a trained social worker. You do not need to be certain abuse has occurred to call. DCF's 24-hour child protection hotline: 1-800-649-5285.


Take Action When Something Seems Wrong”  

Guides for parents & guardians:
www.dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/protectkids/GuideforParents.pdf
www.protectkids.vt.gov
www.nctsnet.org/trauma-types/sexual-abuse
www.stopitnow.org/files/talking_to_kids.pdf             
www.pcavt.org

Parents' Stress Line     available in Vermont to parents, professionals, and community members for parenting support, resources and referrals. The Stress Line is open Monday - Friday from 9AM - 5PM. The phone number is 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) or 1-802-229-5724.


Reporting:

Report Child Abuse

24-hour Child Protection Line
1-800-649-5285


Internet Safety:
www.technicoolvt.org
www.netsmartz.org
www.ikeepsafe.org
www.staysafeonline.org
www.getnetwise.org

FOR ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND REFERRALS DIAL2-1-1 to speak live with a person every time or visit their website at          

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont publishes an annual publication with tips and resources