Handle With Care Massachusetts

Responding to Child Abuse

If a Child Reaches Out to You


  • Remain calm.
  • Believe the child.
  • Allow the child to talk.
  • Show interest and concern.
  • Reassure and support the child.
  • Take action. It could save a child’s life.



  • Panic or overreact.
  • Press to child to talk.
  • Promise anything you can’t control.
  • Confront the offender.
  • Blame or minimize the child’s feelings.
  • Overwhelm the child with questions