The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) believes that protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect is a shared responsibility. Protecting children from abuse and neglect unites lawmakers, community partners, the child protective services system, citizens, and families to provide a safe environment for children throughout the commonwealth.
In partnership with counties, schools, and community organizations, the department is promoting evidence-based programs that give parents the skills and supports, both formal and informal, that they need to ensure that their children grow up in safe and loving homes. By working together and relying on natural supports like family members and neighbors, we can improve outcomes for families and protect our children.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we all need to do our part to make sure that children are safe and cared for during this stressful time.
With more Pennsylvanians getting vaccinated everyday, we are headed towards the light at the end of the tunnel. However, continued social distancing can leave some children and families isolated and this can increase the risk of child abuse and neglect. Be watchful and aware of the children in your community. If you have concerns that a child is not safe or being cared for, take action – it could save a child’s life.