CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND BUILDING RESILIENCY
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Child abuse is 100 percent preventable. We are working to ELIMINATE child abuse and neglect while simultaneously promoting the strength of families and building resilience in children!
The Child Abuse Council is the Quad Cities’ only child abuse prevention agency dedicated to keeping children safe and building strong families with an emphasis on children aged zero to five years. Child Abuse Council is a bi-state agency providing effective, holistic services by approaching child abuse prevention utilizing a public health model through three distinct paradigms:
Universal Prevention, through which the entire community is provided with education and support necessary for building nurturing families
Secondary Prevention, through which families are engaged with targeted, specialized support to keep children safe
Tertiary Prevention, through which children and families are provided with resources essential to healing from trauma, while teaming with skilled professionals to prevent recurrent abuse and neglect.
Child Abuse Prevention
There are many ways to prevent child abuse in our community, here are just a few ideas! Check out this quick guide to Developing Strong Communities from ChildWelfare.Gov.
Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.
Help a friend, neighbor or relative when you see them struggling with their children. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand or to take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.
Ask for help yourself! When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
Babies cry! It can be incredibly frustrating when a parent doesn't understand what the child needs. Make a plan with your significant other or other support people in your life for what you will do when you need support! NEVER shake a baby. Shaken baby syndrome can cause significant developmental problems and even death.
Get involved! Volunteer in your community. Ask a neighbor child how his soccer game was.
Monitor your child’s television, video, and internet viewing or usage. Watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.
Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program.
Donate to local child abuse prevention efforts.
Resiliency is the ability to cope in spite of stressful situations. While we work daily to prevent children from falling victim to abuse and neglect, we understand stress will always be a part of a child's life. Whether a big test, a play off game or experiencing the loss of a loved one, it is essential we give children the support they need to be resilient in the face of adversity.
When children are facing challenging and stressful times, it is the role of the caregiver to support them and help them learn skills to cope. It is also the role of caregivers to consistently and constantly help their child to become resilient during times of non-stress as well.
Resiliency is a learned behavior and can be taught a variety of ways: promoting empathy, creating positive social connections, building a stable, loving and nurturing environment and many others! In addition to learning about the 40 Developmental Assets and the Building Blocks of Resilience, the Protective Factors are another great way to Build Strong Families. Our now what? blog is based on the Protective Factors.
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s Essential Building Blocks of Resilience includes the 7 C's of Resilience. They are:
1. Competence – All people want to feel they are capable. Encourage these feelings in others around you. Help your child learn new skills and work to improve them.
2. Confidence – Children need encouragement and a sense of accomplishment. Encourage your child to learn new skills, try new things and challenge themselves.
3. Connection – It is human nature to want to feel connected to others. Children must be raised in families, neighborhoods and communities where they feel like they are a part of something. Make sure children feel that way by going out of your way to remember them, ask them how they are doing and include them in decision making.
4. Character – Personal integrity and a moral compass are important.
5. Contributing – Children and adults want to feel worthy and that they are adding value. By learning new skills, volunteering, reaching out and being a part of the neighborhood around them, children gain a sense of contribution.
6. Coping – It is essential that adults teach children coping skills to use in life. Whether the child takes deep breaths when they are learning, run around outside when they are excited or learn to rest when they are tired, it is important children learn to understand their emotions and how to cope with them. Books are a tool to teach these skills. Learn more on our Parent and Caregiver resources page.
7. Sense of Control – Give children choices and control whenever you can! Allowing the child to exercise choice helps them learn great skills and helps them to better understand their world. Create an environment of stability and structure and whenever possible, prepare children for changes to a typical routine ahead of time.
Building Assets to Build Resiliency
The Search Institute has also developed the 40 Developmental Assets to help adults understand what things children need to be successful adults. These assets also help build resiliency.
Be Part of the Discussion
Want to learn more? Visit the now what? blog! Blog posts are designed to promote the protective factors-or the things children need most to be successful in life.
Want more resources to build strong, healthy and happy families? Visit our Parent and Caregiver Resource Page.