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April 2023Vol. 24, 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 aligns with the theme of the 23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, "Doing Things Differently: Moving From the Challenge to the Change," 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 2023 website. The Child Maltreatment Data section links to and outlines the contents of the newly released Child Maltreatment 2021 report, which presents national child abuse and neglect data known to child protective services agencies in the United States. New outreach materials and media tools are also available in the Spread the Word section, including a virtual meeting background and email signature and the initiative’s updated outreach toolkit. Additionally, in preparation for NCAPM, Child Welfare Information Gateway added new pages that align with this year’s theme within the Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect web section, such as the Promoting Child & Family Well-Being page.

The updated 2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide will be available in May. Preorder your copy here! The guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development, and it is designed to help child welfare professionals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

For more information, visit the NCAPM 2023 website.


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A new infographic, "Child Maltreatment 2021 Summary," developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, presents key data from the Child Maltreatment 2021 report. View this visual summary of report findings on the Information Gateway website.