Contact: the Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) at 910-677-2450 to report suspected child abuse or neglect during normal business hours. After hours, call 910-489-4583. If you have concerns about these things in your home or the home of a friend, contact child protective services. Information received is kept in the strictest confidence possible to maintain everyone's safety.
No one has the right to abuse you or anyone you know.
No child or teens should be:
- Physically hurt by an adult
- Bullied or called bad names by an adult
- Scarred by violence in their home
- Forced to go without food in their home
- Touched by an adult in areas normally covered by underwear except for the purposes of a medical exam by a medical professional
It is not your fault if you are being treated this way. It is wrong if you are suffering this pain, fear, or sadness. Some people scare or threaten children so that they won’t tell. If any of these have happened to you or a friend, you do not have to handle this alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. When you tell someone, you can get the help you need to stop the abuse or neglect.
Child abuse and neglect are violations of human rights and a barrier to educational progress, emotional stability, and academic achievement. Child abuse and neglect can cause a variety of psychological problems, which include low cognitive functioning, low self-esteem, and difficulties forming and sustaining healthy relationships. The safety and well-being of every student is a high priority for Cumberland County Schools. Intervening effectively is not the sole responsibility of our educators, stakeholders, parents, guardians, or relatives, it's a shared community commitment. Early intervention and prevention approaches are essential to reducing the number of abuse incidences.
Resources and Information:
Childhelp North Carolina: National Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 - Call (800)4-A-Child or (800)422-4453
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina: Call 919-829-8009
For More Information, Contact
Pamela Story, Social Work Coordinator
2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Dr. Natasha Scott, MSW