April is recognized as Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Delavan-Darien School Resource Officers Dave Markley and Brad Schroeder, along with DDHS volleyball coach Jean Mulderink, a probation and parole agent for Walworth County, visited with third graders at each elementary school to talk about the issue.
They read books to the children and educated them on such things as not being a bully, child abuse and telling a trusted adult about things that make them feel uncomfortable. The book was about “filling someone’s bucket,” which gives ideas for kids on making others feel better while feeling better about themselves.
We Can all Play a Part in Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being
This month and throughout the year, the Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Walworth County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
• Nurturing and attachment
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
• Parent resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and developmental well-being.
This year in the month of April members of the WCAC and local law enforcement are stepping up to help educate third grade classes in participating Walworth County Schools. The WCAC and Law Enforcement volunteers from the county will be reading the students educational books on the subject of prevention and answering questions. As a parting gift the WCAC will be providing each class with an anti-bullying book and Safety Book/DVD that they can use as a future resource. The WCAC is also handing out ‘Keep Kids Safe’ stickers, removable tattoos and educational bookmarks.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Paula Hocking, Director, Child Advocacy Center “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact Kathy Brown, Coordinator for the WCAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As individuals and community members, you have the power to prevent child abuse and keeps kids safe and families strong.