Join local organizations including Children and Youth, SARCC, DVI, the Community Health Council, the Children’s Resource Center, and United Way will be teaming up to help educate our community on the signs of abuse, and what we can do about it. This will begin with a Proclamation and the dedication of four Pinwheel Gardens throughout the county. These gardens will be placed at the Lebanon County Courthouse, Annville Free Library, Myerstown Community Library, and Palmyra Borough Hall. The pinwheels represent the children served by the partner organizations during 2020.
Local officials can get involved by issuing Proclamations for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Community members can get involved by committing to posting facts about child abuse and ways to prevent it during the month of April. Sample posts and share graphics will be included during the month of April.
SARCC and CYS are also hosting training events for community members and professionals on recognizing and reporting child abuse. The first is for general community members, and will share information on recognizing signs of abuse and how to report it. This will take place on April 7 at 6 pm. On April 15 at 9 am, a free 3-hour training for mandated reporters and child serving professionals will be offered. This training will satisfy state requirements for Mandated Reporters. Registration for both events is on Event Brite and Facebook.
These gardens and training opportunities also represent our community-wide commitment to seeing signs abuse, and ACTING to keep children safe and support families. Child abuse is preventable, and it is adults’ responsibility to protect children. Join us in April as we say NO MORE to child abuse.
Pinwheel Project Editorials
During the month of April, the partner organizations will be releasing four editorials discussing the prevalence and impacts of Child Abuse, and what the community can do about it.
Pinwheel Project Editorial 1: What is Child Abuse / Serie de proyectos Pinwheel: Concientización sobre el abuso infantil
Pinwheel Project Editorial 2: What Happens After a Child Abuse Report is Made? / Serie de proyectos Pinwheel: ¿Qué sucede después de que se hace un informe de abuso infantil?
Pinwheel Project Editorial 3: What are the signs of Child Abuse? / Serie de proyectos Pinwheel: ¿Cuáles son los signos del abuso infantil?
Pinwheel Project Editorial 4: What are the Long-Term Impacts of Child Abuse? / Serie de proyectos Pinwheel: ¿Cuáles son los impactos a largo plazo del abuso infantil?