Child Abuse Prevention
April is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children; a report can include multiple children.
Prevention is the best hope for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community.
EMS providers are particularly well situated to help their communities by knowing the signs of potential abuse and knowing how to refer families to the appropriate resources.
Below are several links with various resources to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
- The ODPS Training Campus includes a training module titled “Child Maltreatment Tutorial: Definitions and Epidemiology.” This module offers one (1) hour of EMS continuing education, and provides an overview of child maltreatment issues in an interactive fashion.
- The Center for Disease Control’s webpage includes facts about child abuse and neglect, statistics on child abuse in America, and resources for prevention in both English and Spanish.
- The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides several resources for prevention, including the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide and a series of tip sheets for caregivers and parents in both English and Spanish.
- The American Society for the Positive Care of Children use individuals’ stories to help kids have happy, healthy lives. They offer tailored messaging for social media and help parents advocate for children through awareness and education.
- Partners in Prevention works to increase awareness of the effects of child abuse and neglect and to promote solutions by supporting prevention services within a wide range of communities. They offer a resource library with information for adults and children.
- ChildHelp operates the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453) and provides statistics on the effects of child abuse and neglect, including health and financial impacts.