Child abuse reports back up now that school is back in session

Although initially, the sound of increasing child abuse reports may sound bad, the reality is, those kids are now getting the help they need
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of child abuse reports have been on the decline.

Teachers and school staff are the most likely to report abuse, since they see the students five days a week. Without school, reports decreased.

While this is a typical decline for the summer months, the numbers started to drop sooner than usual as kids were sent home.

Now, with school back in session, reports are rising.

“Start on August 1st we started to see an uptick and then the week of August 22nd, there was a significant increase,” Director of Division of Children and Family Services, Stephanie Beasley said.

Although initially, the sound of increasing child abuse reports may sound bad, the reality is, those kids are now getting the help they need.

“The more people caring for our kids and supporting our kid and supporting our families, the better we are in Nebraska,” Dir. Beasley said.

It’s important for everyone to keep an eye on children and families they think may be struggling. Even if you’re uncertain, the best thing to do is to reach out to someone.

The best place to do that? The Family Help Line. Available 24/7 any Nebraskan can call at 888–866–8660.

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