Preventing Child Abuse During
In a matter of months, COVID-19 has upended the lives of children and families across the globe. School closures and movement restrictions are disrupting children's routines and support systems. They are also adding new stressors on caregivers who may have to forgo work. “In many ways, the disease is now reaching children and families far beyond those it directly infects,” said Cornelius Williams, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection. “Schools are closing. Parents are struggling to care for their children and make ends meet. The protection risks for children are mounting...." (UNICEF Press Release
Reach out and find support during this difficult time-
For information about the impact of COVID-19 on families and children, ways to communicate with children about what is happening, activity ideas during shelter in place, and ways for parents and caregivers to reduce stress and practice self-care: Prevent Child Abuse America
To find information about available health and human services in the Bay Area: 211 United Bay Area
Parent hotline: Bay Area TALK provides 24-hour support for parents and caregivers in the Bay Area, (415) 441-5437.
Provides resources for families and emotional support tools for all ages. Has specific resources regarding COVID-19.
And, report suspected child abuse or neglect:
Report Suspected Child Abuse in Santa Clara County
24-hour toll-free hotline: 1-833-SCC-KIDS
Tools: Reporting Child Abuse is
During the COVID-19 emergency and stay-at-home orders, far fewer eyes and ears are available to help ensure Santa Clara County children remain safe. Connect, by reaching out to parents to provide support and, if you have concerns for a child's safety or well being, report. Link to this resource
to access child abuse reporting guidance for essential workers and any adult keeping our communities running. It outlines potential signs of abuse and neglect and how to report. Link to this resource to access guidance for teachers who now just have virtual contact with students. Attend a Zoom mandated reporter training. Together let's keep our kids safe!
Healthy Relationships Help Kids Thrive!
The best way to confront the problem of child abuse and neglect is to prevent it from happening in the first place by surrounding children with healthy parental, family and community-based relationships that are physically and emotionally safe, respectful, supportive, and never violent or abusive.
What is the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC)?
The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County is a Commission of the Board of Supervisors made up of 23 volunteer Commissioners and several other Community Advisory, Emeritus and Committee Members who, together, coordinate the County's response to child abuse and neglect. Its members represent many different public and private agencies, community volunteers, a wide range of professional disciplines, a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and the various geographical areas of the county.
The Council meets monthly. Meetings are open to the public. Community members who are concerned about child abuse and committed to its prevention are invited to attend meetings, join a committee, and/or join the Council.
The mission of the Child Abuse Prevention Council is to prevent and respond to all forms of child abuse and neglect through community partnerships, education, collaboration, and advocacy.
Child Abuse Prevention Council Activities:
- Assess the service needs in the county for the prevention, detection, treatment and legal processing of child abuse cases.
- Provide a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination.
- Promote public awareness about the abuse and neglect of children.
- Recommend improvements in services of families and children.
- Recommend to the Board of Supervisors where the county's Children's Trust Fund and state and county funds are needed.
Email the Child Abuse Prevention Council Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Abuse Prevention Council, 70 West Hedding, 10th Floor, San Jose CA 95110.
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