PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE
Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse
You can be a connection for children in your community.We know child abuse is a preventable problem. All adults play a role in building the safe, stable, nurturing homes and environments needed for the healthy development of our future generation of parents, leaders and community members.
Be a nurturing parent.
Children need to know that they are special, loved, and capable of following their dreams.
Help a friend, neighbor, or relative.
Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.
When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control—take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
If your baby cries…
It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby—shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.
Ask your community leaders, clergy, library, and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.
Help to develop parenting resources at your local library.
Find out whether your local library has parenting resources, and if it does not, offer to help obtain some.
Promote programs in school.
Teaching children, parents, and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.
Monitor your child’s television, video, and internet viewing/usage.
Excessively watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.
Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program.
For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1.800.CHILDREN or contact your local Prevent Child Abuse America chapter.
Report suspected abuse or neglect.
If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department. In Solano County, call 1-800-544-8696.
Spread the Word
All children and youth in Solano County are healthy, safe, resilient, and thriving.
Collaborate, advocate, and educate to improve systems to prevent child abuse and achieve equitable outcomes for Solano County children and youth.
Mandated Reporter Training
Everyone who works with children is a mandated reporter. This means that if you work with children, you are legally responsible for reporting all incidents of suspected child abuse and neglect. When you filled out the forms for your
job, you probably signed a form agreeing to this responsibility, but you may not fully understand your responsibilities and legal obligations as a mandated reporter.
Free online training available at http://mandatedreporterca.com/