Everyone has a responsibility to report child abuse or neglect. State law requires any person who has a reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected to report their concerns to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at:
Your contact with the hotline is confidential and will not be shared with the family. You may be contacted by a Child and Family Services Specialist during the investigation, however, you may request to remain anonymous.
For more information please reach out to DHHS at
is non-accidental physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap or other object), burning or otherwise harming a child, that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver or other person who has responsibility for the child. Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver intended to hurt the child.
Physical discipline, such as spanking, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child. Non-accidental injury that is caused by someone other than a parent, guardian, relative or other caregiver, such as a stranger, is considered a criminal act that is not addressed by child protective services.
Never Shake a Baby
Shaking a baby can cause permanent brain damage, blindness and even death. Remember, when your baby is crying, take a break, don't shake.
Do not punish with belts, "switches" or cords
These things will hurt your child and may leave marks. If you do choose to spank your child, only do so on their clothed bottom with your open hand. You do not want to injure the child. Never spank a child when you are angry. Instead, try time out or take away toys, TV, video games or computer.
is the failure of a parent, guardian or other caregiver to provide for a child's basic needs. Neglect may be:
If law enforcement is called to a home due to violence between partners and children are present (even if they are believed to be sleeping), a report will be forwarded to Child Protective Services via the Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Children who are exposed to domestic violence are harmed by the experience and suffer consequences ranging from hyper-vigilance to problems with concentration and emotional regulation. These children often grow up to be victims of domestic violence themselves.
In general, a child is considered to be abandoned when the parent's identity or whereabouts are unknown, the child has been left alone in circumstances where the child suffers serious harm or the parent has failed to maintain contact with the child or provide reasonable support.
Nebraska's Safe Haven Law
No person shall be prosecuted for any crime based solely upon the act of leaving a child in the custody of an employee on duty at a hospital licensed by the State of Nebraska. The hospital shall promptly contact appropriate authorities to take custody of the child. The age of a child who a person can drop off at a hospital and not be prosecuted is limited to 30 days or younger.
National Safe Haven Laws
Some States have enacted laws that provide safe places for parents to relinquish newborn infants.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway produced a publication as part of its State Statute series that summarizes such State laws.
This may include the following:
Do not use illegal drugs, misuse prescription drugs or get drunk in the presence of your children. Parents and other caregivers should always be sober when they are with children. Never give or allow anyone else to give your child drugs or alcohol. Keep all alcohol and drugs--including prescription medications--out of reach of your children.
This is defined as “the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct; or the rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children."
Sexual Abuse may include:
This is a behavior that harms a child's emotional development or sense of self-worth.
Emotional abuse may include:
The concerns you have
Safety Assessment- the worker needs to determine whether the children are SAFE in the family home. The worker will consider several things to determine if the household is safe:
Risk Assessment- the worker needs to determine the level of risk there is to the family and will look at the following information:
Parents suspected of abuse or neglect have the right to: