National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month, observed during the month of April, calls attention to child abuse, the need for prevention, and spurs advocacy on behalf of those suffering from the emotional and physical impact of child abuse and neglect. Physical injury is not the only negative impact of abuse and neglect — it can also affect broader health outcomes, mental health, social development, and risk-taking behavior into adolescence and adulthood. Child abuse and neglect includes all types of abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent or caregiver that results in harm or potential harm.
Safe, stable, nurturing relationships are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure children reach their full potential. Essentials for Childhood proposes evidence-based strategies that communities can consider in promoting relationships and environments that help children grow to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month Sponsor: Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, ACYF, HHS
To learn more, visit http://www.childwelfare.gov