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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Published:
4/3/2013 11:19:33 AM


 

COLUMBIA, SC -- In 2011, there were 11,324 children who were confirmed as abused or neglected in South Carolina. Children's Trust of South Carolina, home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina, joins with others across the nation in declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Children's Trust is taking part in the national campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention. Pinwheels represent healthy, happy childhoods - something deserved by every child in South Carolina. Pinwheels are an uplifting symbol used to draw attention from the problem of abuse and neglect to the solution of effective prevention. Pinwheel gardens and communities are taking hold across South Carolina.

In Greenville the Pinwheel Project will be planting 30,000 pinwheels throughout the county. In Columbia several schools and area non-profits are using pinwheels to show their solidarity for ending child abuse. In Charleston, the Blue Ribbon Council will be introduced to the pinwheel at their "Share the Light" event in Marion Square. For a complete list of pinwheel participants and more about Pinwheels for Prevention, please check out the pinwheel webpage.

Children's Trust believes that effective prevention efforts are rooted in proven protective factors. Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Protective factors are the "positives" that strengthen all families, not just those at risk, so focusing on building protective factors helps all families and children.

Children's Trust has adopted the framework from the Center for the Study of Social Policy's Strengthening Families. We believe that children will be more protected from child abuse if families are strong and flexible and if they know how to handle and bounce back from stress. We also know that families need friends and that parents need help from their own families. We also know that families need to know how to find help and how to connect with resources in their communities that can help them pay the rent, feed their children or simple offer a box of diapers. Families also need a basic understanding of how children grow so that they better understand what to expect developmentally as their children get older. Families also need to help children better understand their feelings so that parents can help children build relationships, develop friendships and manage their emotions. Families also need to show children love and respect, important building blocks for growing children into happy, healthy and competent children, teens and adults. To learn more about protective factors, please visit Building Strong Families on scchildren.org.

Children's Trust has numerous resources available on its website for families and for organizations to help them participate in child abuse prevention month. For a complete list of child abuse prevention month resources and activities, please visit scchildren.org. 

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