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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember and emphasize the importance that families and communities play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This year's theme for National Child Abuse Prevention month is "Building Community, Building Hope." According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services website, "Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being." The U.S Department of Health & Human Services has developed a list of resources to help support providers in their work with parents, caregivers and children to prevent child abuse and neglect. Visit their site to learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month and ways you can support your community.

Each year the Prevent Child Abuse America runs their campaign "Pinwheels for Prevention" to help support National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Visit the Prevention Abuse America website to learn more and find ways you can be involved in your state's chapter. Be sure to participate in the global conversation on social media using the hashtag #NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth. 

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, OPENPediatrics is featuring our Non-Accidental Trauma Curriculum. A recent study reported that health professionals failed to report child abuse in 20% of cases in which the patient's injury was indicative of abuse. This lack of recognition and reporting emphasizes the importance of provider training in recognizing signs of child abuse and documentation in such situations. The Non-Accidental Trauma course is designed to provide training in the recognition and reporting of physical child abuse and abusive head trauma, as well as discuss the medical documentation of non-accidental trauma.

To access this course:

1) Register for a free account on OPENPediatrics (this course requires log-in to access)

2) Access the Non-Accidental Trauma course in our Guided Learning Pathways page.

Learners also have the option to take the CME version of the Non-Accidental Trauma course. 

Be sure to check out additional resources from OPENPediatrics: 

Non-accidental trauma materials on OPENPediatrics are made possible through the generous support of the Rehma Fund for Children.