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Safe Communities


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Keeping children safe is the responsibility of the entire community around them, from making sure they are transported safely to preventing child abuse and neglect. This section provides links and resources that promote the safety of all Washington's kids.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

The long-term effects of child abuse and neglect in the lives of children, families, and communities are far-reaching. All Washington residents should be "eyes and ears" in their communities, reporting suspected abuse and neglect. Washington has a confidential process for reporting suspected abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please report it at: 1-866-ENDHARM (866-363-4276).

Other child abuse and neglect resources: 

Transportation/Pedestrian Safety

Every day, young children are transported in cars and buses and walk through the streets of their communities. There are easy ways to ensure children are safe: 

  • Make sure you appropriately secure your child in a child restraint seat appropriate for their height and weight.

  • Teach children about being a safe pedestrian.
  • Teach children about bicycle safety.
Find more information about transportation safety:

Playground Safety

Children love the challenges of climbing, running, swinging and balancing on play equipment. Whether children are playing on a playground, in the backyard or inside, the space should be safe for the age and abilities of the children using it.