APRIL Celebrates National Child Abuse Prevention!

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month takes place every April in the USA.

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, we have designed a historical timeline of significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States

The aim is to raise awareness of child abuse within communities and to offer children and parents the chance to take part in activities to prevent it from happening. WE believe the whole world should be acknowledging and assisting the USA to celebrate this key day!

Beginning initially as a week of activities in 1982, there is now a month-long programme of events held throughout April each year to try and stop child maltreatment throughout the country.

At the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website, you can find out more about the month and ways to stop abuse and offer a child protection.

On the website you can find out more about the ‘Five Protective Factors’ that can help children within families and communities. There are also tip sheets and an activity calendar to get you thinking and raising awareness. You can also learn how to spot child abuse signs.

child molestationAround 3.6 million children were maltreated in 2006 alone, through physical and emotional child abuse, and it is thought that this shocking figure is on the increase. But by taking part in events and raising awareness, you can help to prevent it.

For more information, visit the Child Welfare website activism page.

By creating a healthy, safe and nurturing environment, you can help stop child abuse this April 2015.

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