At Bellevue, we take the safety and protection of children seriously. In the state of Tennessee, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Please read the following information and add the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline’s phone number to your contacts, so you will be ready should you suspect abuse.
Bellevue Baptist Church is considered a mandatory reporting agency. Our staff and volunteers are required by Tennessee state law to report all cases, or suspected cases, of child abuse and neglect. Child abuse and neglect occur when a child is mistreated, resulting in injury or risk of harm. The abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual.
If a volunteer observes any indication of abuse involving a minor or is given any indication of such abuse in discussions with a minor, they must report it to the appropriate state agency.
Bellevue volunteers are expected to be alert when caring for minors. Observations of abusive behavior by any individual (e.g. a parent, sibling, co-volunteer) must be reported immediately to the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline.
1. Call the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline: +1 (877) 237-0004
They will ask you several questions. If you need help obtaining any of the above information, please contact Bellevue’s staff for assistance.
They will offer to provide you with a case number. Please get this number and write it down.
2. Alert Bellevue staff about the suspicion and that you reported it to authorities.
Please note: The appropriate authorities are ready to investigate and determine if abuse is happening. It is not your job to investigate but to simply report your suspicion.
Below are indicators of child abuse and neglect. Please note that the signs in each category may pertain to one or more types of abuse or neglect.