LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Leaders from across the commonwealth proclaimed Sunday, October 4 as TEN-4 Day in their respective jurisdictions. According to organizers with the Face It Movement, the proclaimation honors the technique to recognizing bruising on young children that may be of concern. It also emphasizes the importance of training adults on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse.
The TEN-4 Bruising Rule is an tool that says: for children 4 years of age or younger, bruising on the Torso, Ears, or Neck, or any bruising anywhere on a baby not yet pulling up or taking steps, is a red flag for child abuse and may necessitate action, such as making a report to Child Protective Services.
The Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement lists several partners for the 2020 proclaimation:
- Mayor of Bowling Green Bruce Wilkerson
- Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery
- Daviess County Judge/Executive Al Mattingly
- Mayor of Florence Diane Whalen
- Mayor of Lexington Linda Gorton
- Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer
- Kenton County Commissioners
- Mayor of Owensboro Tom Watson
“Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility. Especially during a time of ongoing physical distancing practices and children and families being less connected to schools and child care centers, the community must recognize the role we each can play in preventing and ending child abuse,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities.
The Face It Movement and Kentucky’s child abuse pediatricians and experts at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville are training community members in honor of TEN-4 Day between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8. Nearly 1,000 social workers, health and oral health professionals, educators, and other concerned community members are registered to be trained on this rule, among other child abuse prevention and recognition techniques.
Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of child victims of substantiated abuse and has double the national rate for child victims under age one. The Face It Movement and its more than 100 partners located across the state have committed to ensuring parents, caregivers and others in the community have the tools and knowledge needed to prevent child maltreatment.
“We must confront Kentucky’s number one ranking by working to instead become number one in keeping kids safe, and a big component of that is emphasizing the importance of our prevention-focused work. The more supported and connected caregivers feel, the more likely they are to ask for help when they need it,” said Dr. Melissa Currie, Chief of Norton Children’s Pediatric Protection Specialists at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
You can view the video and brochure on the TEN-4 Bruising Rule HERE. Register to attend an upcoming training HERE.
All adults in Kentucky are mandated reporters of child abuse; reports can be made at www.reportitky.org or 1-877-KYSAFE1.