Whether they’re our own children, our neighbours’, or a stranger’s, we all share responsibility for their well-being. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to keep childhood a safe place to be.
What Can I do to Prevent Child Abuse?
- Teach children body safety and boundaries
- Enhance your parenting skills to promote healthy child development
- Participate in awareness and prevention campaigns
- Talk openly about child abuse. Be an advocate in your social circles and on social media
- Develop public awareness campaigns to stop child abuse and exploitation
- Volunteer your time – Get involved with other parents in your community. Help vulnerable children and their families. Ie… start a playgroup
- Know the signs of child abuse
- If you suspect a child is being abused, report it
Encourage government officials and community leaders to
- Provide parent and caregiver support to those that may be at a greater risk
- Support child abuse prevention initiatives
- Support legislation that aims to better protect our children and improve their lives
- Teach future professionals about child abuse
- Provide training to help frontline healthcare workers to recognize children who have suffered from violence and neglect and provide appropriate support