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Child abuse reports down since start of pandemic, advocates concerned

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Reports of child abuse are down in Clark County and it’s prompting concern that more cases might be going unnoticed because children aren’t in school.

In Clark County, calls to report child abuse were down by more than 40% in April compared to calls in January before the pandemic.

Teachers and coaches are legally required to report child abuse but since kids aren’t going to school, there’s concern abuse or neglect could go unreported.

8 News Now spoke to Amanda Haboush-Deloye the interim executive director for the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy. She said there are things we can do as a community to help.

CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE: Click here for information on reporting suspected abuse You can also call (702) 399-0081.

“The more that we can make sure we are physically seeing kids and trying to make sure that we can talk to them and families to offer that support to ask them ‘how are you doing’ do you need anything?”

Haboush-Deloye said nationwide more children are running away.

Because abuse reports are down, the focus has shifted to emergency rooms where children might show up with injuries that could be related to neglect or abuse.

We’re afraid that’s where they’re going to end up because no one is catching it ahead of time when you’re seeing smaller, maybe signs that are leading up to it , so you can intervene, Haboush-Deloye said.