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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, and the US Department of Health & Human Services describes the campaign best; "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.

Pinwheels for Prevention is Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign for the month of April. This initiative celebrates the lives one touches and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel (the national symbol for the great childhood). Visit the Prevention Abuse America website to learn more and find ways you can be involved in your state's chapter. Also, be sure to participate in the global conversation on social media using the hashtags:  #NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth and #greatchildhoods.

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, OPENPediatrics is featuring our Non-Accidental Trauma Curriculum. The trend in underreporting by healthcares professionals in such cases where a patient’s injury is indicative of abuse 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 (this course requires log-in to access):

1) Register for a free account on OPENPediatrics 

2) Access the Non-Accidental Trauma course 

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.