Child maltreatment, sometimes referred to as child abuse and neglect, includes all forms of physical and emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child's health, development or dignity. Within this broad definition, five subtypes can be distinguished – physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation.

We are dedicated to protecting victims of child abuse and neglect by holding public child welfare systems accountable to their constitutional and legal obligation to ensure children’s safety, well-being, and opportunity to grow up in stable, permanent homes. We launch comprehensive reform campaigns designed to secure federal court orders mandating that child welfare systems.
Child Abuse Neglect


We want you to know that you aren't alone. We're committed to strengthening families and communities so maltreatment of all forms can be avoided. We've compiled tips and resources to help you develop and promote healthy parenting so we can set strong examples against child maltreatment. If you should get overwhelmed, you'll find resources for that as well. Help is just a phone call away. Call the CRALAF Abuse Hotline at 020-8032000.