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 beside your baby...no blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, etc., and baby should always lay on his/her back. Find out more information about the safest place for infants to sleep here.
Child Car Seat Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a 72.6% combined rate of misuse of car seats and booster seats. Contributing factors include:
- Improper recline
- Loose car seat installation
- Improper lap belt position
These kinds of misuses of car seats can reduce the effectiveness 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 more Child Safety Seat information visit the Union County Child Safety Seat Inspection Center's webpage.
NJ Programs that Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Home Visitation Programs exist throughout New Jersey to improve the physical and emotional well-being of children and their families by providing community-based education and in-home support to parents. This program also supports pregnant women.
Learn about the various types of home visitation available here.
Reporting Child Abuse
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 for your local DCP&P office here.
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