ACS recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

ACS recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Awareness
Posted on 04/29/2021

Article written by ACS Social & Transition Specialists Dr. Constance Certion and Erin Williams

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are committed to raising awareness and preventing child abuse in our schools, our community, and the surrounding areas. We know child abuse is common as it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach 18. (Reference: Darkness to Light Program). The risk for child abuse typically increases during public health emergencies such as COVID-19 due to increased stressors and the loss of financial and social supports.

We recognize that the most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support families before they reach a crisis situation, and strengthening the protective capacities of parents helps children and families thrive and prevents child maltreatment. The protective factors approach focuses on positive ways to engage families by emphasizing their strengths, in addition to identifying areas where they have room to grow with support.

Learn how families, schools, neighborhoods, communities, and states are successfully using protective factors to keep children safe, strengthen families, and promote well-being. Visit the 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide for tips and strategies.

As a school district, we are committed to doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive. To demonstrate that commitment, we are equipping families with helpful tools (see folder below) by providing access to a library of resources devoted to aiding parents in having important conversations with their child about safety rules and child abuse prevention.

To report suspected abuse in Tennessee, contact the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 877.237.0004 or on the Child Abuse Hotline website. Visit Memphis Child Advocacy Center website for additional reporting resources.