National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Join us to understand how we can each help promote the social and emotional well being of the children in El Dorado County.
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the El Dorado County CAPC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making El Dorado 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
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and emotional developmental well-being
We have attached two items for you. First, is a calendar of activities parents can do to promote child well-being. Second, is a tip sheet for parents on how to keep their families strong using the Protective Factors. Both are in English and Spanish. Please feel free to reproduce and share with parents and families.
Calendar English Spanish Keeping your Family Strong English Spanish
We need each of you to help our Council to reach these goals. You can help by scheduling a mandated reporter training for your staff, asking for a Shaken Baby presentation, filling out our needs assessment when asked, nominating a Champion in your community, and attending our community events. Protecting our children is the job and responsibility of each of us. Increasing awareness and educating ourselves is one very important aspect of this responsibility. The CAPC looks forward to leading the way with you.
Our strategic plan will address three important areas this year. The first focus area will be community education and training. Our goal will be to engage our community in education on safe practices for raising children, and provide opportunities to learn more about topics that impact child health and safety. We will be offering trainings to those professionals that work on a daily basis with our most precious commodity, our children. Our second focus area will continue to recognize the strong and positive leaders through our annual Champions for Children recognition event. Our third focus will help us to know what our community needs are through the collection of data through a needs assessment.