1st Apr 2019
National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019
April begins National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM), an effort to amplify community activism aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. NCAPM is a time that communities and families are encouraged to take steps towards improving the well-being of all children.
The first Federal child protection legislation was the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974. As researchers began to understand the implications of an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) they uncovered pervasive and lifelong implications of trauma experienced during childhood. What they found is that any experience, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, emotional neglect, domestic violence, mental illness or substance abuse within the home, or imprisonment had lifelong implications on health outcomes. In fact, it has been found that victims of an ACE have a potential life expectancy reduction of up to 20 years.
In response to alarming rates of child abuse and neglect the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives designated the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week in 1982. The goal was to raise awareness and educate the public on the prevalence of child abuse, how it has a life-long impact on society, and how communities can work together to reduce incidence rates of abuse. After its first year the movement’s success led to the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April of 1983.
At Pathways LA, we are committed to working with child care providers and parents to increase protective factors in families against abuse and neglect. As a component of a new state-funded program, we offer seminars on trauma-informed care to providers and foster care resource families so they can understand, identify, and address trauma in young children. Our evidence-based practices curb immediate and long-term individual and societal impacts of child abuse and neglect by building resiliency among the effected families and children.
As we enter National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019, join us in in efforts to build stable and nurturing environments for kids to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Together, we can keep the children in our community safe.