Help Prevent Child Abuse
Every child should feel safe and experience a childhood that is free of abuse and neglect. While that is not the case today, we have the opportunity to work towards a better tomorrow where this is our reality. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Let us take this opportunity to remember that that we can make a difference in the lives of children across this country.
We may think that child abuse does not affect the children in our family or the families of those we know. Statistically, everyone that thinks this cannot be right. Every day, five children in the United States die because of child abuse1. Sadly, almost 80% of these cases involve at least one parent1.
Whether we are providing prevention or intervention, our efforts can make a big difference in the lives of children today, and the families they grow up to have tomorrow. Fostering healthy parenting and positive family interactions within our own families, and those of our family and friends, is an excellent place to start. Need some ideas? The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services put together a great list of 10 things that we can do to help prevent child abuse2.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2017). Child Maltreatment 2015. Available from: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (n.d.) Child Abuse Prevention Tips. Available from: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/child-safety-and-protection/child-abuse-prevention-tips