How you can help prevent child abuse

We all play a role in preventing child abuse in our community​

 

'The Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, a coalition of child-serving organizations, believes everyone has a role to play in ensuring Mecklenburg County is a place where all children are safe and healthy and where all children and families have the opportunity to thrive. 

  • Children who are raised in safe, stable, nurturing environments are more likely to grow up to become more productive, prosperous workers who help create secure, healthy communities.

  • It’s essential that all children have great childhoods, and we all have a role to play as adults in making that vision a reality. 

  • When we go upstream and invest in proven strategies that help strengthen families, we prevent child abuse and neglect before it even happens. That's why we work to build safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities with our partners. 

  • There are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. These attributes, known as the Protective Factors, serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, support, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. 

  • When communities come together to support children and families, we all benefit:

    • our fellow citizens are better educated,

    • employees are more effective and miss less work, and

    • we’ll see a profound impact on the quality of life in the communities in which families live.

PREVENTION TIPS

You don't have to be a parent or work directly with children to help prevent child abuse. Everyone can play a role in protecting our kids.

  • Ask yourself, “What’s my plan” this Child Abuse Prevention Month to promote great childhoods in my community?

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If a child is in immediate danger -- Call 911.

  • Learn who to call if you suspect child abuse or neglect.  Mecklenburg County’s 24-hour hotline is
    980-31-HELPS (4-3577). 

  • Post the number at a school, place of worship, or business in your neighborhood.

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980-31-HELPS (980-314-3577)

MECKLENBURG COUNTY HOTLINE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT:

Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team