Landover, MD - The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services joins organizations across the nation in highlighting the importance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. To raise awareness about this important issue, the department is encouraging Prince George’s County residents to be vigilant in protecting the safety and welfare of the county’s youngest and most vulnerable residents.
In fiscal year 2012, there were 5,353 referrals made to the intake line which resulted in 3,202 investigations or 60% of the total referrals. Of the total investigations, 54% were allegations of neglect and the remaining were physical or sexual abuse allegations.
Gloria Brown, Director of The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, said, “I am encouraged by the number of referrals as it suggests that young people are finding the courage to speak out and adults are listening.” Brown cautions, however, that our work is not complete until all children are safe and no child in our county faces the horrors of child abuse or neglect.
One of the department’s primary objectives is ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. To assist the community in identifying what constitutes abuse, neglect and exploitation, the department continues to provide educational and awareness opportunities.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or feel that your family will benefit from counseling and support on various issues please, contact The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Child, Adult and Family Services Intake Line @ 301.909.2450.