Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is the month we shine an even brighter spotlight on ending child abuse.
Child abuse is defined as harm, injury or risk of serious harm, or the death of a child caused by a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act. There are many forms of child abuse, including:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- exploitation and trafficking
- emotional abuse
Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood. Developing and demonstrating healthy relationships in their family and friend circles are important aspects that can influence their growth positively.
During the global health challenge we are experiencing it can be challenging for parents and caregivers to keep children healthy and safe from COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and other dangers like child abuse. With schools being closed, and despite the current stay-at-home measures and quarantine, you may still be required to go to work. Be sure to vet childcare professionals thoroughly, including checking references before hiring.
Help keep kids safe during this difficult time by believing a child if they tell you they are being hurt or feel uncomfortable around someone, even if it is a relative or close family friend. Talk to them about about body safety and uncomfortable touches. Get them the help they need as soon as possible.
Practice self-care. If you are feeling stressed or angry, find positive ways to calm down and evaluate your feelings. Take a walk, go to another room or space and give yourself a moment to breathe. Let your kids know that you need some quiet time.
If you are at home with the kids, here are some ideas on things to do as a family and educational and fun exercises to keep them busy: