Chapter 16

Chapter 16 - Child Maltreatment

What Can You do to Help Children Who Have Been Abused

Make them feel safe, loved and worthwhile. You can praise them, teach them how to cope with failure, protect them from violence and spend time with them.

What is Child Maltreatment

The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA) defines child maltreatment as a nonaccidental injury or pattern of injury to a child. This may include nonaccidental physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and emotional abuse.

How Common is Child Maltreatment

  • During the fiscal year 2010, an estimated 3.3 million referrals, involving alleged maltreatment of approximately 5.9 million children, were made.*
  • In Arkansas in 2010, 73,257 children were the subject of an investigation alleging child maltreatment (involving 45,872 referrals). Of these reports, the allegations related to12,591 children were found true with a preponderance of evidence of maltreatment.*
  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.**

Where Do You Report Suspected Child Maltreatment

If you suspect child maltreatment or if you have any questions, call the Arkansas Child Abuse Reporting Hotline at 1-800-482-5964.

Mandated reporters may report nonemergency abuse or neglect by fax to 501-618-8952 using the fax form approved and distributed by the Arkansas State Police.

§ 12-18-402 (Mandated reporters) states:

Chapter 16, Child Maltreatment

In Arkansas, child care providers are required by law to report cases of known or suspected child maltreatment.

As a child care provider, you are often in a position to detect child maltreatment and help families get assistance for the problem. You also have a responsibility to make sure that child maltreatment does not occur in your child care setting.


AR Code § 12-18-101 – 12-18-1108 is the code citation for the

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