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April 2022Vol. 23, No. 3April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, the Children's Bureau observes National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year's NCAPM initiative continues to align with the theme of the 23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, "Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose," and highlights what it can look like when prevention efforts are guided by the need to build protective factors and provide support to children and families.

This year's campaign features several enhancements to the NCAPM website, including new outreach materials and media tools in the Spread the Word section—such as an op-ed template, a sample press release, and newly added graphics—and an expanded multimedia gallery featuring newly added brief videos in which families with lived experience discuss how important prevention services and supports have been for them and their children.

Additionally, in preparation for NCAPM, Child Welfare Information Gateway updated its Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect web section by adding a new page on equity and inclusion.

For more information on NCAPM or to view or order a copy of the 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide, visit the NCAPM website.