Child Abuse Resources

Child Abuse Resources

Primary care professionals are important partners in our efforts to keep children from being abused and neglected. One goal of this division is to provide resources to help them deal with this issue.

Communicating with Child Protective Services

The language you use and information you provide to the CPS intake worker is vital to reporting a case accurately...(more)

Child Protective Services Intake Criteria (Word document)

Child Protective Services (CPS) are specialized services aimed at safeguarding the rights and welfare of abused, neglected or dependent children.  The Cabinet has the authority and obligation to assure that reports meet the statutory and regulatory definitions of abuse, neglect or dependency before a child protective assessment or investigation begins...(more)

Template for Medical Nonadherence (Word document)

Many times health care providers become frustrated when they report a suspected medical neglect case to Child Protective Services (CPS) and the case is screened out or the actions taken are perceived to be inadequate... (more)

Common Questions from Primary Care Physicians

  • What does Kentucky law say about reporting child abuse?
  • How do I report it?
  • What about bruising?
  • Are photographs helpful?
  • Commonly misdiagnosed signs?
  • Concerned about burns?
  • Next steps?

What should I do if I see a bruise in a non-cruising infant?

A bruise in a non-cruising infant is not normal and should be concerning for child abuse or a significant medical issue... (more)

Suggested Resources:

Kosair Charities

Face It Campaign

Norton Children's Hospital

Family and Children's Place

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

American Academy of Pediatrics

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome