Child Abuse Prevention Month

Held annually in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Our work builds safeguards in communities that will keep children free from harm and give them the opportunity to thrive and enjoy healthy, nurtured lives. All families need protective factors and support in keeping them strong. Protective factors help families find resources and support and coping strategies to parent more effectively, especially under stress.

We know that when we work together – parents, families, friends, communities – more children have a great childhood.

For us the pinwheel represents that healthy, happy childhood, and it is the official symbol of child abuse prevention for Prevent Child Abuse America. While we work for prevention year round, April gives us the opportunity to focus on all the strategies we can use to protect children, strengthen families and raise awareness to stop child abuse and neglect from occurring.

Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina

Children’s Trust is home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina (PCA SC), the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. We have revived our affiliate program of PCA SC, and we are pleased to be standing with so many organizations representing their communities as our Prevention Partners.

Their local leadership is an important piece of the puzzle, as each community has its own issues and solutions. Their commitment to this partnership means we stand together as a strong, unified, statewide voice advocating for prevention.

Please contact Michael Shirley if you would like to join these like-minded, passionate organizations and work toward this critical goal – eliminating child abuse and neglect.

Some of our partners are convening county-wide Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts.

We recognize these partnerships

Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina

Members and information on how to join.

Greenville Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Greenville First Steps.

Pickens County Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Pickens County First Steps and The Parenting Place.

Spartanburg Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Hope Center for Children and Spartanburg County First Steps.

Child Abuse Prevention Proclamations

Sample Proclamation

Municipalities that pass proclamations are taking an important step to build awareness and inspire collective action around the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Municipalities are encouraged to plant pinwheel gardens for Child Abuse Prevention Month in a show of community wide support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. If you see pinwheels in your hometown, reach out and let your local elected officials know how much you appreciate their support.

South Carolina Proclamations

Resources to Help You Get Started

Messaging resources and tools are provided to support Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and to encourage a consistent prevention voice throughout South Carolina.


Great information to help you promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also includes messaging samples for social media, email newsletters and much more.

Download the toolkit PDF


Share statistics, prevention information and the list of Prevention Partners.

Download the flier - PDF


11x17 color poster for you to print yourself or send to a local print shop.

Poster - PDF

Social Media

Social media samples for partner localization.

Social media samples - Microsoft Word

Protective Factors

Reduce the incidence and consequence of child abuse and neglect.

View the Protective Factors

Child Abuse and Neglect Data

South Carolina data for founded cases of child abuse and neglect.

View snapshot

Adverse Childhood Experience Data

South Carolina data on Adverse Childhood Experiences

View ACE Data

National Child Abuse Prevention Information

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2016: Resources, publications, widgets and more.

Learn more

Pinwheels for Prevention

The pinwheel symbolizes the carefree spirit of great childhoods, when children grow up happy, healthy, nurtured and safe. They are used to draw attention to the effective solution of prevention and a strong visible presence of your commitment to preventing child abuse.

  • Plant a “pinwheel garden” with signage delivering the prevention message in locations where the public will see them.
  • Use the pinwheels to make a bouquet to be displayed at events, parties or in the office.
  • Find local organizations willing to display pinwheels to help your organization raise awareness for your prevention mission.
  • Decorate your break room at work and share the pictures on social media.

Plant Pinwheels

Pinwheels are available to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina Prevention Partners.

Sign-up form

Pinwheel Coloring Sheet

Use this pinwheel coloring sheet at a community event as a children’s activity.

Coloring sheet - PDF

How to Make a Pinwheel

Make and decorate your own pinwheels. Print, color and cut to create your own pinwheels.

Paper pinwheel - PDF

Share and attend community prevention events

Keep us informed on the Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in your community and keep up with what others are doing. Our events listing also includes professional development opportunities. We have an easy online form where you can submit your events.

Submit your event

View our calendar

Suggested Activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Use these calendars for ideas and activities on how you can promote child well-being and prevention in your home or community.


30 ways for parents to promote child well-being.

Parents (ENG) - PDF

Parents (SPA) - PDF


30 ways for communities to promote child well-being

Communities (ENG) - PDF

Communities (SPA) - PDF

Prevention Professionals

30 ways for prevention professionals to promote child well-being

Prevention Professionals (ENG) - PDF

Prevention Professionals (SPA) - PDF

Child Abuse Prevention Month Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Learn about sponsorship opportunities

Adrienne Bellinger
Chief Development Officer

Have questions about Child Abuse Prevention Month?

Child Abuse Prevention Month contact

Michael Shirley
Community Prevention Coordinator