Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022

While every season is a new opportunity to build sturdy foundations for children, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month) and we ALL have a stake in preparing NC’s children to grow up to be healthy thriving members of our community. Every April, CAP Month recognizes the necessity of communities working together to promote the social and emotional well-being of all children and their families. North Carolina’s future prosperity depends on it. That’s why Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) invites you to #BeAConnection so we ALL can grow better together!

The statewide 2022 Child Abuse Prevention Month theme is: Growing better together, we CAN prevent child abuse, North Carolina!

Child Abuse Prevention Month Digital Toolkit

Download the CAP Month Toolkit assets in the accordion dropdowns below.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Events and Activities

  • Friday, April 1 – Wear Blue Day
    • To participate, wear blue and share photos with the hashtags: #WearBlueDay2022 & #BeAConnection.
  • April 2-8 – Week of the Young Child
    • Week of the Young Child is a week hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities.
  • April 18-22 – 5 Days of Action
    • 5 Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse and is an initiative of the YMCA Champions for Child Protection, created and designed by Darkness to Light, with support from YMCA of the USA, The Redwoods Group Foundation, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and the American Camp Association.
  • Wednesday, April 20 – Statewide Webinar
    • Register for and promote Prevent Child Abuse NC’s webinar Ensuring Strong Foundations for Children | Learn the Basics & Take Action which is open to the public and will go over what primary prevention of child maltreatment is, review the Protective Factors, define effective strategies for child maltreatment prevention, and offer ways communities can support children and families all year long.
  • Wednesday, April 27 – National Child Abuse Prevention Digital Advocacy Day
  • #BeAConnection Social Media Campaign
    • Participate in the #BeAConnection campaign to help amplify the ways in which all adults can help children and families thrive. Learn how to participate in the dropdown below.
  • Connected Communities, Connected Congregations Children’s Sabbath Celebration
CAP Month Social Media Toolkit

Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month 2022 Social Media Toolkit

CAP Month 2022 Digital Toolkit Resources

Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month Digital Resources

Campaign Materials Guide

  • CAP Month Campaign Materials Guide  – Download the CAP Month Campaign Materials Guide for an overview of all the available materials and how to use them in your public awareness efforts!

Press Release

Talking Points

Campaign Graphics

Email Blasts

Social Media Toolkit

Flyer & Poster Files

Proclamation Resources

Public Service Announcements

Photo & Consent Photo, Video, Story Form

#BeAConnection Social Media Campaign

#BeAConnection Social Media Campaign

Join the #BeAConnection Social Media Campaign to amplify the role all adults play in building safe, stable, nurturing environments for children.

To participate:

  1. Obtain a #BeAConnection sign (Spanish version here).
    1. No printer? That’s okay! You can either request a pre-printed sign in English or Spanish or participate without the sign.
  2. Record a 10-30 second video (with a #BeAConnection sign, if possible). 
    1. In your video, complete the prompt: “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and I can #BeAConnection by ____________.” Want more ideas? Explore our suggested #BeAConnection Campaign Prompts and Caption Ideas (Spanish version here).
    2. Note: You can take a photo if you prefer, but videos receive much higher engagement than photos.
  3. Share the video (or photo) on social media with the hashtag #BeAConnection.
    1. Share the video (or photo) on your agency’s or community group’s social media channels, as well as your personal channels.
    2. We encourage you to share your video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or TikTok.
Pinwheels for Prevention® 2022

Pinwheels for Prevention® 2022

Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) will not be selling Pinwheels for Prevention® in our online store this year. This is due, in part, to significantly increased costs, international shipping delays, and ongoing challenges inflicted by COVID-19. We will, however, continue carry the Pinwheels for Prevention image throughout the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign.

While PCANC will not be selling pinwheels in the PCANC online store, you can place an order for pinwheels by filling out this form to order a carton of 240 pinwheels at the discounted price of ~$130 per carton. Once you submit the form, PCANC will send the information to the pinwheel vendor who will contact you directly for payment and confirmation. PCANC will not manage the orders once we submit the form. The PCAA pinwheel vendor will be your main point of contact for all payment, shipping, and other order information once you submit your payment to them.

We invite you to join us in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month) in unique ways this April and still incorporating the image of the pinwheel in a few unique ways!

  • Visit our online store to order Child Abuse Prevention Month yard signs, parenting brochures, as well as Pinwheels for Prevention and #BeAconnection clothing and Merchandise.
  • Chalk up your agency sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways with your interpretation of caring connections (ie. smiling faces, happy families, friendship, and other positive symbols) with the following messages:
    – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    – You can #BeAConnection
    – #BeAConnection for one another!
    – We’re growing better together!
    – Together, we CAN Prevent Child Abuse!
    – Growing a better tomorrow, together! 
  • Download the Make a Pinwheel Activity for Children.
  • Download the Pinwheel Coloring Sheets.
  • Submit local CAP Month proclamations.
  • Share CAP Month Social Media posts throughout April.
  • Write and distribute press releases, blog posts, and op-eds with guidance from our sample materials.
  • Register for the statewide prevention webinar Ensuring Strong Foundations for Children | Learn the Basics & Take Action on Wednesday, April 20.
  • Participate in the online activities including the #BeAConnection Campaign and Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 1.
  • Use any pinwheels you still have on hand from previous years to plant a pinwheel garden.
Customized CAP Month Resources for School Counselors

School counselors across North Carolina play a critical role in supporting safe, stable, nurturing childhoods! Your daily activities and interactions with students provide essential protective factors and hope for the children and families you serve. This toolkit offers ways to get involved with resources and information customized for school counselors interested in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022 with their school community.

School Counselor Resource Guide

Customized CAP Month Resources for Faith Communities

North Carolina faith communities lift people up and keep families strong! This helps build the safe, stable, nurturing experiences and environments children need to thrive. Your acts of service and community outreach provide essential protective factors and hope to the children, families and communities you serve. That’s why Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) invites your faith community to help grow a better tomorrow for every child in your community. This toolkit offers ways to get involved with resources and information customized for faith communities interested in recognizing CAP Month 2022.

Faith Communities Resource Guide

Customized CAP Month Resources for Early Care & Education Providers

Early Care and Education Providers Help Build Strong Foundations for NC’s Children

Early care and education (ECE) providers across North Carolina play a critical role in supporting safe, stable, nurturing childhoods! Your daily activities and interactions with children provide essential protective factors and hope for the children and families you serve. As I’m sure you know, ECE plays a critical role in creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to prevent child maltreatment and strengthen families. This toolkit offers ways to get involved with resources and information customized for ECE providers interested in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022.

Early Care & Education Providers Resource Guide

Additional Resources: Trainings, COVID-19 Parent & Caregiver Guide, Protective Factors & More

COVID-19 Resources:

Recognizing & Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment:

About Prevention: 

For Pediatricians: 

Advocate:

 

 

If you need technical assistance or support, please call Prevent Child Abuse NC Director of Communications and Marketing, Kris Demers, at 919-829-8009 (ext. 619) or email kdemers@preventchildabusenc.org.

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