April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Walton County School District joins with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center of DeFuniak Springs in wearing blue today advocating for the prevention of child abuse.  Superintendent Hughes addressed a small portion of district employees reminding them that annually 7 million reports of abuse occur nationally. “Walton County schools are a safe place for our students and we always do what is best for every child.” 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for us to not only honor those who work to support children and strengthen families, but to shine a light on the many ways we can all play a role in preventing children from being harmed. 

The Prevention Resource Guide, an annual publication by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau outlines actions that can be taken by communities, organizations, families, and individuals to address the root causes of child abuse and provide meaningful and equitable support to families.  

You can access the Prevention Resource Guide and other resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Child Abuse Prevention Month website.  By increasing efforts to prevent child abuse, we all help children, families, and communities thrive.  https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/