Today, we want to talk about a topic that isn’t talked about in our culture:
Child Abuse Prevention
Why is this an issue in our society? How can someone hurt a child? What is child abuse? How do we stop this from happening? Why does this happen?
Since it is an issue, we have a responsibility to do something. I feel very strongly that society as a whole owes it to our children to protect them, and this post gives you a few ways to do that.We have social workers who work around the clock to prevent child abuse, report it when made aware, and to help children experience a healing process. While this is there “job”, it’s still our responsibility.
How to Help
These are real resources that families can use to educate them on “how to live in a family”. That is one of the major problems in our homes, that we simply do not know how to live in a family.
- 24/7 Dad
- ACT-Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program
- The Circle of Security
- The Incredible Years
- The Nurturing Parenting Programs
- Parenting Inside Out® Program
- Parenting Our Children to Excellence
- Parents as Teachers
- Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
- Tuning in to Kids
These are resources for school-based programs that can help to build awareness, aid in prevention, and provide help for children.
- Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Programs for Children: Building an Evidence-Informed Approach
- Helping Children Cope With Violence and Trauma: A School-Based Program That Works
- Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN)
Here is an excerpt from child.welfare.gov: By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
- Social and emotional competence of children
There are many other fantastic resources out there, and if there is one that you would like to share, please add it to the comments. Child Abuse in something that we can just sign a petition to stop. We have to get involved, teach families how to live together, and provide real help for real kids.