National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for communities to come together, become educated on the signs of child abuse, and take steps to prevent harm. Throughout the month of April, community activists and organizations across the United States, including Valley Oaks Health, are raising awareness by sharing the warning signs of child abuse, providing advice to prevent harm, introducing steps to safely intervene, and reminding legislators that child abuse prevention must be a priority.
According to the Mayo Clinic, any intentional harm or mistreatment of a child under 18 years of age is considered child abuse. This abuse can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, medical, or neglectful harm. It is often perpetuated by someone the child knows and trusts, including parents, relatives, teachers, and other caregivers.
Child abuse can having lasting impacts on an individual’s quality of life beyond childhood.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau provides resources to parents and caregivers in an effort to prevent abuse. Some tips include:
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.
To schedule an appointment at the location, please contact them at:
View all locations