April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. An estimated one in four children have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives. This year’s theme, “Strong and Thriving Families,” focuses on the role communities, parents, and professionals play in supporting child and family well-being and preventing child maltreatment. Learn more on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Website. The 2019 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. It can be used with the Protective Factors in Practice scenarios and the activity calendars to implement prevention strategies.
Does your program have a policy to address child abuse and neglect? Model Child Care Health Policy, 5th edition on the ECELS website offers a sample policy which includes the importance of facility layout. See Section 14 of Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed.
Additional Resources to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
• Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) resources. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to preventing child abuse and neglect. Policies and programs that are supportive of children and families can help prevent abuse and neglect. Share Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, a free, online resource from the CDC with your families and staff. This resource is also available in Spanish.
• Pennsylvania’s Keep Kids Safe PA website offers details about state- approved training for mandated reporters, child abuse clearance information and instructions on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect, including online reporting.