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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, everyone is encouraged to play a role in making Harbor Pediatrics a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

• Nurturing and attachment: Encouraging nurturing and strong attachment relationships between children and their caregivers.
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development: Enhancing skills in positive parenting/teaching (disciplining...