Child abuse cases are on the rise in Kansas and the numbers are alarming.
Vicky Roper with the Kansas Children’s Service League is one of 600 professionals who attended Thursday’s 42nd Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
“Coming together to learn more about how we can collaborate and partner to do a better job in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to really make an impact on the children and families in the state of Kansas, ” said Vicky Roper with the Kansas Children’s Service League.
They have their hands full as child abuse cases in Kansas are on the increase.
According to Vicky Roper with the Kansas Children’s Service League, since 2010, overall reports of child abuse cases are up 20 percent.
Child abuse investigations are also increasing, rising 33 percent over the past eight years.
Substantiated or credible cases of child abuse have increased a staggering 42 percent.
“So it is a concern it is a problem here and we’re working hard to try to prevent it,” said Roper.
In addition to the efforts of the Kansas Children’s Service League, Roper says one of the most important tools in combating child abuse is the eyes and ears of the public.
“People in the community need to report,” said Roper. “So if they see something, they need to say something.”
There’s several numbers available to help prevent child abuse. Parent’s can download the Parent Helpline App or call the number 1-800-CHILDREN. To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call 1-800-922-5330. If you think a child is in immediate danger, call 911.