Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for communities to rally together to build caring connections, supportive environments, and positive experiences for children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, families and communities can work together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.
In 2020, there were 61,000+ substantiated reports of abuse and/or neglect
in California children ages 0-17 years old. (kidsdata.org)
At CalTrin, we provide year-round training and education opportunities to support family-serving professionals working throughout California. In addition to our diverse schedule of live webinars, the CalTrin website features recordings and resources from prior trainings as well as access to self-paced courses. By making a commitment to routinely plan for professional development, you can improve outcomes for the children and families you serve.
See below for all that ways you can get involved in Child Abuse Prevention Month! Throughout April, CalTrin will share additional resources and professional development opportunities for preventing child abuse and neglect. Join the conversation by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter (@cal_trin), or Facebook (@caltrin).
Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources & Toolkits
Whether by proclamation, through social media, with graphics, or through other means, spreading the word throughout April about child abuse prevention lets your community know they can take action to strengthen families and help them thrive. For organizations and partners who want to spread awareness, the following resources are a great place to start:
- California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention: Access resources for amplifying your CAP Month messaging through digital media and beyond. Learn more.
- California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare: Visit our partner project’s Prevention and Early Intervention topic area to learn about evidence-based primary and secondary prevention programs. Learn more.
- Capacity Building Center for States: Explore their CAP Month bulletin to learn about building a prevention-oriented system. View here.
- Children’s Bureau / Child Welfare Information Gateway: Download customizable graphics and learn about their CAP Month theme, Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose. Learn more.
- National Children Alliance: Explore brand new #ItsYourBusiness resources and campaign assets for 2022. Learn more.
- Prevent Child Abuse America: Join their campaign to grow a better tomorrow for all children, together. Learn more.
- 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide: This guide is designed to help service providers and organizations, in every community, strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Download here.
Mark Your Calendars! Child Abuse Prevention Month Events & Activities
Spring Into Well-Being: Child and Family Activity Calendar
The CDSS Office of Child Abuse Prevention and The Child Abuse Prevention Center created a calendar for families, organizations, and partners supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2022. This calendar contains links for events, activities, and information for children, families, and communities. View calendar here.
Wear Blue to Show Support for Child Abuse Prevention
Friday, April 1 is Wear Blue Day! Post a photo of you and your colleagues, friends, or family wearing blue and TELL US what prevention means to you in the caption. For example, “We wear blue so that all kids can have happy and safe childhoods. #WearBlueDay #WearBlue4Kids” Learn more.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Webinar Series
Presented by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Center, this series features four webinars focused on structural racism, redesigning child welfare around prevention and equity, and how to create a system of well-being for children and families. Webinar dates include April 6, 13, 20, and 27. Click here to register.
4th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month: Kids’ Art Contest
Children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Kids’ Art Contest. This is a great way to get kids involved in Child Abuse Prevention month! The 2022 theme for the art contest is “My Favorite Way to Show Love”. Entries are due by Monday, April 11. Learn more.
Children’s Memorial Flag Day
On the fourth Friday in April every year, the Children’s Memorial Flag is flown statewide in memory of all California young lives lost to violence in the previous year. We invite you to participate in this day of remembrance on Friday, April 22, by sharing a photo with the memorial flag and the hashtag: #FlagsHonoringYoungLivesLost. Access the toolkit here.
Plant Pinwheels for Prevention®
Every year, staff from Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the Chadwick Center for Children & Families plant a Pinwheels for Prevention® garden. This annual campaign from Prevent Child Abuse America raises awareness and financial support for policies and programs that enable children, families, and communities to thrive. Want to get involved? The Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s virtual #PassThePinwheel campaign is easy to participate in! Simply post a photo(s) throughout April of you and your colleagues, friends, or family with pinwheels along with a brief explanation of what they mean to you. Download your pinwheel today!
If you suspect that a child’s health or safety is jeopardized due to abuse or neglect by parents or other caretaker who has custody of the child, contact the child protective services agency in your county. Click here to access the California Department of Social Services hotline list by county. These 24-hour hotlines are staffed by trained Social Workers. Outside of California, the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24-hours/7-days a week at 1-800-422-4553 (text or call).