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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The theme for this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Making Meaningful Connections.” By linking the youth and families in our communities, we can do the work necessary to raise happy, healthy, and safe children.

There are many types of child abuse, from neglect and emotional abuse to Shaken Baby Syndrome. Every citizen should learn how to recognize the warning signs of a child who needs help and find out how to advocate for them by reporting any suspected abuse or neglect.

A Few Ways to Get Involved in Child Abuse Prevention Work

  1. Follow the steps in the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Prevention Resource Guide to work with communities to prevent child maltreatment.
  2. Share and promote child abuse prevention strategies with those in your community.
  3. Report suspected cases of abuse to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
  4. Visit the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)’s website to find out ways in which you can help the campaign against child abuse and neglect.
  5. This summer, participate in the Children’s Trust’s, 7th Annual Fatherhood Classic for a fun way to help maintain the Fatherhood Initiative and other Massachusetts family support programs.
  6. Download an activity calendar filled with ideas on how to promote child well-being this month and practice these ideas year-round.
  7. Actively help spread the word through the media. Publicize events and share stories through newspaper releases and radio PSAs. Start discussions through social media channels.

Parenting resources and organizations can help you learn how to deal with the stress of raising youth in constructive, non-harmful ways. Try joining a parenting support group in your area to share advice on age-appropriate behavior and suggestions for healthy discipline. In case of emergency, call the Parental Stress Hotline at (800) 632-8188.

Tell us what you’ll be doing this month for National Child Abuse Month! Comment below or tweet us at @MassGov.

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