Coinciding with our own 35th anniversary, we at Tender Years are proud to recognize the 35th anniversary of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which was designated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.
As part of our recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we displayed pinwheels outside each of our centers on Friday, April 12th in honor of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. As our students left for the day, they were given a pinwheel to take home, so that they may also display it to promote awareness.
As educators and child care providers, we’re particularly mindful of the devastating impact that abuse and neglect can have on children, families, and entire communities. In Pennsylvania alone, there were 4,836 substantiated reports of child abuse in 2017. Sadly, it happens all around us. And that’s why vigilance and action, from each of us, are so important.
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at all times, we ask you to join us in standing up for children. YOU could be the critical difference in a child’s life. When you suspect abuse or neglect, let someone know. Contact Pennsylvania Child Welfare Services at 1-800-932-0313.
Some of us may be quick to speak up when we see the signs of abuse or neglect. But many of us also hesitate because we feel that we may be overstepping our bounds by doing so. Or we reason that if there’s really a problem, someone else will speak up. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to understand that reporting suspected abuse or neglect isn’t a judgement on that family. Rather, your action could get that family the help they need, but may have been too afraid to ask for themselves.
For more information about reporting suspected abuse or neglect, visit http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/childwelfareservices/index.htm
To read President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation designating April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/proclamation-5039-national-child-abuse-prevention-month-1983