The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported almost 679 thousand victims of child abuse and neglect in 2012. 1,640 of these children passed away from the injuries or neglect. In Missouri, the number of child deaths from abuse and neglect increased from year to year.
Preventing child abuse and neglect is vital for a healthy society. Every year, HHS and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center work to raise awareness of this growing problem and provide ideas to help parents and families.
The 2014 theme for National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month is “strengthening connections.” Strong connections help provide support for parents, children and whole families, especially when life gets difficult and parents need the most help.
Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/cardinalglennon throughout April for tips on strengthening family connections. Some other events happening in April in honor of National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month are:
|Informational booth and honor ribbons display (display to remain up throughout April)
||10 a.m. – 2 p.m.|
Café @ Glennon
|Go Blue Day in recognition of child abuse and neglect prevention.
||Wear blue to show your support (employees must maintain dress code)|
|Observance Ceremony with the St. Louis Family and Community Partnership and the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
||10:30 – 11:30 a.m.|
Forest Park Visitors Center
Learn more about the Child Protection department at SSM Cardinal Glennon and the services they provide for area children.
Physician, nursing and employee education opportunities are centered around child abuse and neglect in April. See internal news site MyNews for more informaiton on those.