Child Abuse Prevention Month

​Child ​Abuse and Neglect

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Child Abuse Prevention Month​​


April was designated Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. The observance raises awareness about child abuse prevention by educating individuals and communities about how they can help prevent abuse and neglect of children. We each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office of Child Abuse and Neglect worked with its Child Welfare Information Gateway to develop a community resource guide to promote child abuse prevention activities throughout the year.  The Prevention Resource Guide was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. The Resource Guide can be used along with the Protective Factors in Practice scenarios and the activity calendars to implement prevention strategies in your community. ​

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