Posted on May 9th 2023
April is National Child Abuse Awareness month, and as we round out this important time, we want to recognize the importance of educating our community in order to protect our children. Staying informed and aware of abuse recognition and proper reporting is the first step in helping prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.
Although education and awareness around child abuse is important year-round, this time of year is a friendly reminder for parents and children to stay up to date on potential signs of abuse. The Children’s Justice Center expresses the importance of opening up the conversation around abuse, especially with our children. Although this can be a difficult conversation to approach, the Utah Children’s Justice Center, a state-wide resource, offers guidance and resources to help you through it, as well as important tell-tale signs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has several great resources for individuals and families to access as well. The Prevention Resource Guide is up to date with the best approaches and actions that our community can take towards recognizing the primary causes of child abuse and neglect. This guide also points out unique ways that different communities across the United States are being intentional with their prevention work; there is a lot that we can learn from each other in order to best serve the children in our own communities.
Finally, when you sign up to receive our emails, you will receive our important safety tips to help you and the children in your life prevent child abuse.
The Friends of the CJC are constantly working towards the best approaches to improve the lives of children who have been victims of abuse, and with your support, we can continue to provide the community with resources to better understand abuse recognition and how we can do our best to prevent child abuse from happening in the first place.