If you are a parent with concerns about your child or your child’s caregiver, call the hotline now: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4435).
Know the warning signs of an unsafe caregiver.
Arizona has seen an increase from 51 child maltreatment deaths in 2008 to 70 in 2010, that’s a startling 38% increase. Tragically, many of these children died at the hands of unsafe caregivers. Sometimes parents don’t plan ahead or think it through. Other times, they rush to trust someone who is untrustworthy. An unsafe caregiver could be a boyfriend or girlfriend, a neighbor or even a relative.
Choosing a Safe Caregiver
Please consider these simple tips and warning signs before deciding on a caregiver for your child.
Think before you trust. A little planning could save a precious child.
A Safe Caregiver:
Has experience caring for babies and young children
Is patient and mature enough to care for a fussy, overexcited or crying baby
Understands that young children must always be supervised
Will be watching only your child or a limited number of children so that each child is given adequate attention
Will never shake, hit, yell at, make fun of, or withhold food for a child as punishment
Does not abuse alcohol or drugs, or carry a weapon, and will not surround a child with others who may be drinking, using or selling drugs, or carrying weapons
Keeps your child clean and safe – accidents are infrequent
Is recommended to have first aid training
Talks to you and asks questions, as necessary – your caregiver should be able to tell you everything your child did and discuss any concerns
Is aware of safe sleep practices – babies can suffocate if they sleep face down so they should always be placed in a crib on his/her back with no blankets, crib bumpers, toys, or pillows that might interfere with breathing. Visit Healthy Safe Baby for more explanation about Safe Sleep guidelines.
Is aware of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Warning Signs of an Unsafe Caregiver
Has problems with anger generally or is severely impatient when children have tantrums, cry or misbehave
Is violent and/or controlling with their partner(s) or others
Is physically or verbally abusive with children
Abuses alcohol or other drugs, including marijuana
Uses prescription medications that have bad side effects or make them drowsy
Is not trustworthy for any reason – trust your instincts
Is already stressed
Your child is not happy to see the caregiver and has become anxious or withdrawn
Is not open and honest about what they did during the time with your child
The child has had multiple accidents that could have been avoided
Your requests are not followed by the caregiver
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