April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Kentucky leads the way...in blanketing our Commonwealth in blue and silver pinwheels. The blue and silver pinwheel is a symbol of childhood and forms the cornerstone of the national Pinwheels for Prevention child abuse awareness campaign being conducted throughout the nation. Kentucky’s campaign, the second largest in the nation, is being coordinated through Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Jill Seyfred, Executive Director of Kentucky’s only statewide child abuse prevention organization says “We have been deluged with pinwheel orders from every region of the Commonwealth. The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign is a great way for communities to show their support for this important issue.” The orders come from Women’s Clubs, universities, social service agencies, hospitals, schools and others.
In 2011, 48,910 reports met criteria for further assessment or investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Of these reports, 19,521 children were found to be in need of services.
What can you do to prevent child abuse and neglect?
o Reach Out- offer support to a child or parent in need
o Remember the Risk Factors- take time to learn the signals, you may be able to intervene and prevent abuse
o Raise the Issue- educate yourself, the community and everyone around you about abuse and how it can be prevented
o Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect- reporting abuse is a positive step toward protecting a child and preventing abuse (1-877-597-2331)
o Raise Awareness- effective messages can increase awareness, build community support, teach skills and reinforce healthy behaviors
If you are interested in learning more about statewide awareness activities, including events in your area and how you can get involved, log on to www.pcaky.org.or contact Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky at 1-800-CHILDREN (800-244-5373.)