NHM Health Focus:
Child Abuse Prevention
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year's theme, Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community, is a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families.
Child abuse takes many different forms: physical,
sexual, neglectful, emotional, or any combination, and is more common than many
"Research has identified protective factors known to
be correlated with reductions in child abuse and neglect:
- Parental resilience
- Nurturing and attachment
- Social connections
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Effective problem solving and communication skills
- Concrete support in times of need
- Social and emotional competence of children
- Healthy marriages"
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Local, regional and national public and private organizations are working to provide parent education, increase public awareness,
and teach child safety skills. In addition, many hours of volunteer work enhance the efforts of these organized efforts to prevent child abuse.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum resources related to child abuse and prevention: