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  1. 1. WHAT CAN YOU DOTO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE?Get involved with the child welfare board in your county.Understand which children are most likely to be abused.Learn to recognize the signs of abuse.report suspected child abuse and neglect.Learn more about child abuse and child abuse prevention.
  2. 2. WHAT CAN YOU DOTO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE?Be a good example.Praise and encourage the children you know.Take action...dont wait for someone else to do it!Organize safety systems for your neighborhood.Volunteer.Be a mentor.
  3. 3. UNDERSTAND WHICH CHILDREN AREMOST LIKELY TO BE ABUSED Although child abuse occurs in all racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio- economic groups, physical abuse and neglect are more likely among people living in poverty. Children who are most likely to be abused are children who are mentally retarded, premature, unwanted, stubborn, inquisitive, demanding, or have a disability FkIL6NUmij8/Tppo9S70QTI/AAAAAAAAzSs/RsX8nMO8_us/s1600/CHILD_ABUSE _by_COFFR_IESU.jpg
  4. 4. BE A GOOD EXAMPLE Respect your family members. Use a courteous tone of voice with them. When children misbehave, let them know that you dislike what they did, not who they are. Dont hit your kids; violence teaches violence. Apologize when youre wrong. Say "I love you" more often. Reward good behavior.
  5. 5. PRAISE AND ENCOURAGE THECHILDREN YOU KNOW Mean words can make a child feel worthless, ugly, and unloved, and the hurt can last a lifetime. So be positive. Tell a child youre proud of her and why. Stick up for her; dont let others tease or make fun of her. Smile. Let her know she is important to you. Say, "Youre terrific. I like you!" 12/10/praise.gif
  6. 6. TAKE ACTION...DONT WAIT FORSOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT! Arrange for a speaker on child abuse and neglect to come to your PTA, church, club, or workplace. The more we all know about abuse and neglect, the more we can do to stop it
  7. 7. LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OFABUSE Know the signs of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Once you know the signs and report it earlier, it means you can help the children be safe faster.
  8. 8. LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILD ABUSEAND CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION Teach others. Plan an adult education program in your church, club, or organization to inform people about childrens needs. Open your groups facility to local education programs for parents. (slide 14-24)
  9. 9. BE A MENTOR Help a pregnant teen-ager learn parenting skills. Or be a mentor to a pre-teen through one of the school mentoring programs. s/79/1825-international- children39s-day-special- collection.jpg
  10. 10. VOLUNTEER Volunteer your time in a child crisis shelter, parenting support program, drug abuse prevention or treatment program, or shelter for the homeless.