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

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

We use this month to acknowledge the importance of our communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and draw attention to the effective solution of prevention.

Why the pinwheel?

The pinwheel symbolizes the carefree spirit of great childhoods, when children grow up happy, healthy, nurtured and safe.

Prevention partners

Children’s Trust is home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina (PCA SC), the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. To strengthen child abuse prevention efforts across South Carolina, we offer qualifying organizations serving in local communities the opportunity to be a Prevention Partner of PCA SC. Participation gives organizations a connection to statewide prevention and advocacy efforts, unified messaging for Child Abuse Prevention Month, shared learning with other partners, and access to prevention resources and materials.

Children's Trust logo combined with Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina logo.


Why prevention partners are important

Prevention Partners provide a very visible presence for preventing child abuse and neglect by planting pinwheels gardens and raising awareness in their communities. They also ensure that comprehensive, community-based prevention efforts are at work in South Carolina.

Partners can use pinwheels in a number of ways, including planting a pinwheel garden in a public place, using them to make bouquets to be displayed at events, or in an organization's office.

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. Your event will be reviewed before it is posted. Please allow 24-48 hours for us to post it on our Upcoming Events.

Submit your event

Support Child Abuse Prevention Month

Here are some great ways you can support Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Use this toolkit to plan your Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts.

2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit (PDF)
Facebook profile and cover photo

Add a pinwheel profile pic and Child Abuse Prevention Month cover photo to your Facebook page.

Facebook profile and cover photo (ZIP)
Prevent Child Abuse America Infographic

30 Things You Should Know to Help #GreatChildhoods Happen infographic.

30 things you should know Infographic (PNG)
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Child Abuse Prevention Month advocacy flyer

Educate policymakers about the pervasiveness of child abuse and neglect, and inform the discussion around prevention policies.

Child Abuse Prevention Month advocacy flyer (PDF)
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Pinwheel cutout and coloring sheets

Color and cut out or just color your own pinwheels

Pinwheel cutout and color sheets (PDF)
National activity calendars

Discover ways to plan and engage with families through events related to the protective factors into Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.

National activity calendars
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Research and data

Check out our collection of research and data to help you focus on policies and programs that will lead to the greatest improvements.

Research and data


Thank you to our Child Abuse Prevention Month sponsors.

For more information

Adrienne Bellinger
Chief Development Officer
Michael Shirley
Communications Manager