Office of Child Welfare
Who's Really Watching Your Child?
Make sure you know who’s really watching your child. Do they have what it takes? There are a few things you can do to lower the risk of leaving your child with a secondary caretaker. Ask yourself these question:
Does my partner/friend/caretaker:
- Treat other women/men in his/her life with disrespect?
- Get angry when you spend time with your child?
- Get angry or impatient when your child cries or has a tantrum?
- Call your child bad names or put them down?
- Think it's funny to scare your child?
- Make all the decisions for you and your child?
- Put you down or tell you that you're a bad parent or that you shouldn't have your kids?
- Pretend when he/she hurts your child that you are to blame or that it's no big deal?
- Tell you that our child is a nuisance or annoying?
- Scare or threaten your child by using guns, knives, or other weapons?
- How does my friend/partner/caretaker treat and interact with other children (nieces, nephews, friends' children, etc.)?
Your child could be at risk if you answered "yes" to even one of these questions.
Never leave your child alone with someone you don't trust to keep your child safe.