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 3 Noon National Go Blue Day & Pinwheel Planting 
Wear blue to show your commitment to prevent child abuse and join us to plant pinwheel gardens at our Human Services locations. Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention by representing the happy, healthy childhoods all children deserve. 
​April 8 ​11 a.m. Sixth Annual Pastries and Prevention Tea
Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne Rd., Raleigh (Room 2062)

Network and connect with resources at this luncheon event, RSVP by April 3 to Beverly Sanders at 919-212-7754 or Beverly.Sanders@wakegov.com.
​April 13 ​11 a.m. ​Screening of "RESILIENCE" Documentary 
Swinburne Building, 220 Swinburne Rd., Raleigh (Room 5032)

Join us for a one-hour documentary screening that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress in children. 
​Ongoing Five Protective Factors Training 

Attend an all day training at Swinburne designed to help parents find resources, support and coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively. 
  • April 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • April 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

To register, contact Kevin Harrell at 919-231-5565 or kevin.harrell@wakegov.com.
​Ongoing Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Trainings

Attend a Darkness to Light child abuse prevention training at Swinburne to learn how to keep children safe in their communities. 
  • April 7, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • April 15, 2 - 4:30 p.m. 
To register, contact Kevin Harrell at 919-231-5565 or kevin.harrell@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).