Keeping Children Safe

Protecting Sleeping Infants

The safest place for an infant to sleep is in a crib or a bassinet. For your child's safety be sure to keep sleep surfaces free of soft, cushioned surfaces that have been found to suffocate infants. That means that there should be nothing in the crib besides your baby...no blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, etc., and baby should always lay on his/her back. A bare crib is a beautiful crib!

 Safe Sleep Recommendations

To find out the safest way for your baby to sleep read baby BEAR's recommendations. 

Child Car Seat Safety 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that there is a 72.6% combined rate of misuse of car seats and booster seats, including: 

  • Improper recline 
  • Loose car seat installation
  • Improper lap belt position 

These kinds of misuses of car seats can reduce the protection of the seat in the event of the crash and lead to injury or death. Find out more information on child car seat safety here.  

The NJ Department of the Attorney General has also published some Child Passenger Safety information that can be found here. Find additional information in the NJ Law Update for Car Seat Recommendations for Children brochure

For additional information on how to keep your child safe in the car, check out this website on how to find the right car seat for your child here

Recommended by our Readers: More websites about car safety: Child Safety SeatsKids HealthNHTSA

Early Childhood is a Time of Exploration

Understanding the developmental milestones in a child’s life will make it easier to care for them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide an overview of what you can expect your child to be capable of doing as he or she goes through the preschool years. Learn more

While “accidents will happen”, many are avoidable with proper planning. Over the years a great deal of thought has gone into keeping babies safe. Before bringing babies and toddlers into your home, spend some time looking around and remember that children have a keen sense of curiosity. They love to put things in their mouths; will poke their fingers into electrical outlets without a thought; climb stairs without any notion of the power of gravity; etc… Create a safe environment for your child. Be sure to baby-proof your home and never travel in a car without fastening your baby securely into a car seat.

NJ Programs that Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Every county in the state now provides Early Childhood Services that are geared to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating parents and getting them the assistance they need to take care of their children. These services fall under three main headings:

  • The Home Visitation Program provides services to families challenged by complex health related and/or social problems. This program focuses attention on pregnant women and children up to age five.
  • Early Care and Education Centers work with families to build the life skills and protective factors that have proven to be effective in preventing child abuse and neglect. 
  • The Children’s Trust Fund supports a variety of child abuse prevention programs in local communities.

Find out more about these programs and locate community resources.

Child Abuse is Unacceptable
If you suspect abuse dial 877-652-2873 day or night.

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency - DCP&P (formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services or DYFS) is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. Each year, DCP&P contracts with many community-based agencies throughout the state to provide services to children and families. Such services include counseling, parenting skills classes, substance abuse treatment, in-home services, foster care and residential placement.

DCP&P is also responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment. The Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry) receives all reports of child abuse and neglect 24-hours a day, 7-days a week Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should report this by calling the Hotline at 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 as well as the Child Abuse Hotline. A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.

Each year, DCP&P contracts with many community-based agencies throughout the state to provide services to children and families. Such services include counseling, parenting skills classes, substance abuse treatment, in-home services, foster care and residential placement.

Find the contact information of your local DCP&P office here.

Sources for this page include:
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf
http://www.aap.org
http://familydoctor.org

https://one.nhtsa.gov/

https://usinsuranceagents.com/

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/child-safety/fatalityfacts/child-safety

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2011/03/21/peds.2011-0215.full.pdf


Page last modified/reviewed on September 22, 2017

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