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prevent child sexual abuseApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, StopS-CAN encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Nigeria a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child sexual abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Nkemakonam Linda Ijeh StopS-CAN’s director. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child sexual abuse and neglect.”

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe and Families Strong in Supportive Communities. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online at http://preventchildabuse.org/resources/

For more information about child sexual abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, contact StopS-CAN via email [email protected]

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1 Comment

  1. Aare farmland

    April 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    It will be nice to have a dedicated Nigerian or West African resource guide and information website for child abuse. There could be geographical variations in the types of factors causing child abuse or cases of child abuse, The uninformed feeling is that notices like this seems to create socio-economic and class differences. Households that have unbroken or partially broken families and households that are broken into pieces. The former seems to have active organizations interested in picking up pieces and mending it together, the latter falls under the table. The latter consists of non-existing families, a single teenage prostitute in the city, child laborers or street hawkers with the dangers of sexual abuse and house helps being the victims and perpetrators of abuse.

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