In 2016, Wake County Child Protective Services accepted 4,943 reports of child abuse and neglect for assessment. During Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, Wake County is focusing on building strong, nurturing communities that support families. These communities can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect by promoting child and family well-being.
“We know that child abuse, like any other trauma, is associated with poor physical health and mental health outcomes for children and their families,” said Sig Hutchinson, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “These negative effects can last a lifetime. That’s why this month is so important. We can’t let this abuse continue. We all have a role to play in keeping children safe, together, as a community.”
Residents interested in learning how they can get involved are encouraged to attend a Child Abuse Prevention Month event:
Plant a pinwheel to honor those who helped you or your children be safe. The pinwheels will stand as a symbol of commitment to preventing child abuse in Wake County and the community’s determination to help children and teens live safe, healthy lives. Dates and locations are available online.
Wake County will offer Darkness to Light child abuse prevention trainings throughout the month. Residents are encouraged to learn how to keep children safe in their communities. Dates and locations are available online.
During National Child Abuse Prevention 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. To learn more, visit our website or call the Child Welfare Office at 919-212-7474.