How Can I Help?

Here’s four things you can do to protect children & prevent child abuse.

1. Reach Out

  • When you see a family that is struggling, reach out, and see how you can help.
  • If you need support, we’re here for you; call (415) 441-KIDS (5437) anytime, day or night, for parenting support.
  • Get involved with organizations supporting kids and families — volunteer, attend events, or donate.

2. Raise Awareness

  • Learn the signs of child abuse.
  • Learn proven ways to prevent abuse.
  • Find ways to talk about the issue with kids, colleagues, friends, neighbors, professionals working with kids, and others in your community.

3. Teach Safety

Safety rules to share with children:

  • Say “NO!”, get away, and tell someone if anyone makes you feel strange or uncomfortable.
  • Everybody’s bathing suit areas are PRIVATE. Others should only touch these when necessary to keep you clean and healthy.
  • Don’t keep secrets, especially if they make you feel scared or uneasy. No adult should tell a child to keep a secret.
  • Learn more child safety lessons.

4. Report Suspected Abuse

  • Don’t hesitate; if you have a suspicion, report it.
  • Call the City of San Francisco’s Family & Children’s Services Hotline (415) 558-2650 or 1-800-4-A-CHILD (nationally).