Look for the Helpers: Now More than Ever! Follow our PIPSPEAK Briefings
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Although sheltering-in-place may help to flatten the curve when it comes to COVID-19, home isn’t always a safe place for everyone. Now more than ever, we all need to be helpers for the most vulnerable around us. As we all are social distancing it makes it all the more difficult to be there for children who now are behind walls everywhere. Our most vulnerable have had a social safety network of doctors, nurses, teachers, child care providers, clergy, and police who provided the eyes and ears to recognize if they were being mistreated and needed help. That web of security is largely gone at the moment and we all are searching for ways to be there for them again.
All the more difficult that this is happening in April, National Child Abuse Prevention month. Not able to do our usual calls-to-action, conferences, rallies, fundraising luncheons, we struggle with how to do our work and keep children safe.
Being hunkered down has given us new challenges but none as difficult as finding and learning new prevention strategies. We are trying and ask that everyone try with us! Let’s keep thinking of the children and the need to keep them safe from all possible harm, be it the virus or the people they spend time with. Via our PiPSPEAK briefings we are committed to bringing you carefully vetted news and updates to keep the conversation on child abuse prevention timely and relevant. We are launching a new Helpers Series with specific, useful information for these challenging times.
As the world comes together to face the COVID-19 pandemic, child abuse prevention efforts are more urgent than ever. We are very aware of the financial insecurity that everyone is experiencing but hope to be able to continue our longstanding commitment to supporting prevention services within a wide range of communities. If you are able to donate even a small amount at this time, your financial contribution makes a huge difference in the life of a child.
We are all facing multiple new stresses including physical and psychological health risks, isolation and economic challenges and children are especially vulnerable to many secondary impacts of the pandemic. A good place for parents and caregivers in California to start when searching for resources and helpful information are the following links:
With so many safety adults no longer a part of children’s daily lives outside of the home, be willing to talk. Silence and secrets do not protect our children. Honesty and openness do.
As partners we pledge to bring awareness to action and do our part.
Partners in Prevention is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2010 we have worked to increase awareness of the effects of child abuse and neglect and to promote solutions by supporting prevention services within a wide range of communities.