Calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline System Drop During COVID-19 School Closures

CO-4-Kids | Colorado Dept. of Human Services

“We are concerned about this significant drop in calls, particularly because children and youth who may be experiencing abuse and neglect are now home all day and isolated.”

Calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (844-CO-4-KIDS) dropped by about 41% over a one-week period as schools and businesses closed across the state in response to COVID-19. Teachers, school staff, and child care providers make up a significant percentage of calls to the hotline. This article from the Department of Human Services talks about how stay-at-home orders affect families and ways to help prevent child abuse and neglect during this difficult time.

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