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It takes all of us working together to prevent child abuse

Annual Awareness Campaign Shifts for Coronavirus Crisis

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2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month takes on heightened meaning in the midst of our current uncertainty. In previous times of stress and crisis, we have seen rates of child abuse rise. That's why during this Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are encouraging our partners to continue to message about what it takes to keep families strong and children safe amid these physically isolated times.

We have created a secondary Child Abuse Prevention Month messaging toolkit for the coronavirus that focuses on actions to ease social isolation and help families meet basic needs.

We encourage organizations who are able to plant their pinwheel gardens – maintaining a safe distance from each other. These gardens are important reminders that we want all children to have happy childhoods, even during the scary times.

Wear Blue Day is Friday, April 3. Please participate socially and tag Children’s Trust #InThisTogether.

Coronavirus messaging toolkit (ZIP)

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How to Help Families During Social Distancing

In an open letter, Children's Trust CEO Sue Williams addresses what it will take to support children, families and communities in South Carolina as all of us face the many challenges presented by the coronavirus. In times of stress and crisis, we have seen rates of child abuse rise, and Williams discusses the importance of showing patience and grace, building resilience, supporting organizations that help families meet basic needs, being a friend, and helping children understand their feelings.

Read Sue's Letter

Sue Williams, Building Hope for Children Conference

Sue Williams Highlights the Importance of Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sue Williams, Children’s Trust CEO, discusses the importance of Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. Our organization leads the annual effort to bring together family-serving organizations, state agencies, businesses, communities, schools, neighborhoods and faith-based groups to raise awareness and and show how all of us can be a powerful force for the children and families in South Carolina.

Children’s Trust, the S.C. affiliate for Prevent Child Abuse America, supports our prevention partners across the state and their advocacy efforts with unified messaging, shared learning and access to prevention resources and materials. It’s our goal to ensure there are comprehensive, community-based efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect all year-round in South Carolina.

Pledge for prevention

Take the Pledge

I pledge to be a good neighbor and help keep families strong and children safe. I will reach out to a family in my neighborhood, support a local family organization or know about family resources in my community.

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Support Child Abuse Prevention this April

Donations help Children’s Trust provide funding, resources and training to community-based organizations that implement programs proven to prevent child abuse and ensure families and communities grow strong.

Make a Donation

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Support Child Abuse Prevention Month

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

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South Carolina Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit

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

Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit 2020 (PDF)
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Add a pinwheel profile pic and Child Abuse Prevention Month cover photo to your Facebook page.

Facebook profile and cover photo (ZIP)
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Helping Kids Grow (English)

Tips and activities for families to promote healthy development and positive outcomes.

Helping Kids Grow - English (PDF)
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Helping Kids Grow (Spanish)

Tips and activities for families to promote healthy development and positive outcomes.

Helping Kids Grow - Spanish (PDF)
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Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect (English)

The first step in helping children who have been abused or neglected is learning to recognize the signs of maltreatment.

Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect, English (PDF)
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Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect (Spanish)

The first step in helping children who have been abused or neglected is learning to recognize the signs of maltreatment.

Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect, Spanish (PDF)
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Research and data

Our collection of research and data helps you focus on policies and programs that will lead to the greatest improvements.

Research and data
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Child Abuse Prevention Month fact sheet

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

Child Abuse Prevention Month fact sheet (PDF)
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Municipal Proclamation

Contact your local city or county council and ask them to declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation (Microsoft Word)

Sponsors

Thank you to our Child Abuse Prevention Month sponsors.

For more information

Maggie Lynn, MSW
Marketing Specialist

Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus/COVID-19, Children’s Trust is moving events to virtual platforms or postponing to a more suitable time. Please check your event listings or inquire with the appropriate staff person.