Children and Family Services
Every Family's Concern
Questions Parents/Guardians most often ask about abuse and Neglect.
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
Answer: There are different types of child abuse and they are as follows:
- PHYSICAL ABUSE - Physical abuse is non-accidental injury or pattern of injury by a parent or caregiver.
- NEGLECT - Physical neglect means that a parent or caregiver (for reasons other than poverty) is not meeting the basic physical needs of the child.
- SEXUAL ABUSE - Sexual abuse includes fondling, masturbation, oral or anal sex, sexual intercourse, pornography and forced prostitution.
- EMOTIONAL ABUSE - Emotional abuse involves consistent berating and rejection treatment, scapegoating of a child and bizarre/cruel ritualistic forms of punishment (locking a child in a closet, tying a child to a bedpost) by the parent or caregiver.
2. WHO SHOULD REPORT?
Any person who has reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected can report. There are many professionals that are required to report by law.
3. WHO DO I REPORT TO?
Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. call Langlade County Department of Social Services (627-6500) and ask to speak with an intake worker. After hours contact the Langlade County Sheriff's Department (627-6411).
4. WHEN I REPORT WHAT WILL I BE ASKED?
- The child's name, age, address, phone number, names of parents, siblings, or other people in the home.
- To describe what you say or suspect and information about who abused the child.
- The current location and condition of the child.
- About the child's parents/guardians and how they can be located.
- Any other relevant information.
5. WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE REFERS MY CHILD?
Once a report of child abuse or neglect is made to LANGLADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES a decision is made to assign the case. Then a child protective service worker will then make contact with the child and parents.
6. WHY DOES CHILD ABUSE OCCUR?
Answer: There is no one single cause, but research tells us that many things can happen to families that can influence the was children are treated. The factors that place a family "at risk" for abuse include:
- Living in a society that tolerated violence,
- Economic pressures and poverty,
- Having a family history of child abuse,
- Limited opportunity for parent education,
- alcohol and drug use,
- isolation from other family members, or friends,
- development delays,
- inadequate community resources and opportunities and
- the family's ability to cope.
7. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
Answer: There is much that can be done to prevent child abuse and neglect. If you suspect that someone is being abused or neglected the following suggestions may stop the abuse
- Spend time with the child.
- Give the parents a break.
- Talk with the family about the situation.
- Involve other professionals in the situation.
- If all else fails, a report of child abuse or neglect may need to be made.
If you have felt yourself losing control with a child, the following tips may assist you:
- Take a time-out. Make sure that your child is in a safe place and take a break away from your child for a few minutes to calm down
- Talk with other parents
- Attend parenting classes or a support group.
For more information on preventing child abuse and neglect go to www.preventchildabuse.org.