April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Wake County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community 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​
Residents interested in learning how they can get involved are encouraged to attend a Child Abuse Prevention Month event:

​April 2 ​5 p.m. Wake County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Wake County Justice Center, 301 S. McDowell St. in Raleigh 

Learn about Wake County’s prevention efforts, followed by the reading of the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation. Pinwheels will be available for the public. 
​April 11 ​11 a.m. 4th Annual Pastries and Prevention Tea
Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne Road in Raleigh (Room 2132/2149)

Network and connect with resources at this luncheon event, featuring keynote speaker Sharlene Provilus with Write Speak Inspire. RSVP by April 6 to Beverly Sanders at 919-212-7754 or Beverly.Sanders@wakegov.com.
​April 14 ​8 a.m. ​5 Factors 5K Walk & Run to Prevent Child Abuse
Dorothea Dix Park

The inaugural 5 Factors 5K Walk and Run will promote child abuse prevention, awareness and support. Register at preventchildabusenc.org.
​Ongoing Pinwheel Plantings ​

Plant a pinwheel to honor those who helped you or your children be safe. To learn more, contact Beverly Sanders at 919-212-7754 or Beverly.Sanders@wakegov.com.
​Ongoing Prevention Trainings

Attend a Darkness to Light child abuse prevention training at Swinburne to learn how to keep children safe in their communities. 
  • April 9, 2:30-5 p.m.
  • April 16, 10 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. 
To register, contact Beverly Sanders at 919-212-7754 or Beverly.Sanders@wakegov.com.

If you suspect a child has been abused, neglected or become dependent, please call our Report Line at 919-212-7990 (English) or 919-212-7963 (Spanish).