April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. To help spread the word about how we can work together to end child maltreatment, CPCM will be posting one tip each day on social media and the website. Feel free to use at your own discretion.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that are preventable when community programs and systems are engaged, supportive, and include services focusing on parental resilience, trauma history, nurturing and attachment, social connections, knowledge about parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, and concrete supports for parents.
In recognition of this important topic, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has compiled a list of resources for children and families, educators, advocates and policy makers, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, and mental health providers. Visit the list of resources at the NCTSN Website.
Source: Child Abuse Prevention, National Child Traumatic Stress Network