Monday, April 1, 2013

April: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 2010, 9,586 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Alabama representing a 15.6% increase from 2009. Of these children, 37% were neglected, 50% were physically abused, and 23% were sexually abused.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, CAS encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Alabama a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well - being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities .

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
• Nurturing and attachment
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and emotional developmental well-being

Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website to learn more about how you can help prevent child abuse. The site features:
  • Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well Being: Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide, a guide to help service providers strengthen families using the six protective factors.
  • Tip sheets—in English and Spanish—for parents and caregivers that addresses concerns including stress management, raising grandchildren, connecting with teens, and more.
  • Three calendars—one each for prevention programs, parents, and community partners—providing suggestions for protective factors-related activities for the month of April. 
  • A new prevention video gallery featuring videos from national child abuse prevention partners.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month widgets which can be posted on your website to help promote the initiative. 


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