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Preventing Child Abuse

We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect 


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect, and Denver Human Services invites all of Denver to take part in activities and raise awareness and promote child safety and family wellness.   

Helping families build positive, healthy relationships is a major part of the prevention of child abuse and it takes an entire educated community. Each year, we work with business, government and community partners to place blue Pinwheels for Prevention throughout Denver as a symbol of our community’s commitment to protecting our children. This year, you'll also notice many buildings around Denver lighted in blue to show their support for increased awareness about this important topic. 

Throughout April, we'll be offering free workshops, and a family wellness fair and will be partnering on a number of community events. Please visit the tabs below to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.


Proven ways for parents to help kids grow and maintain strong families, include:


1. Be Strong in the Face of Stress

Resilience is managing stress and dealing with your life even when things get difficult.

2. Nurture Caring Friendships

Having a network of friends and family helps us feel secure, confident and empowered.

3. Grow Your Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

There is no perfect parent, but knowing what to expect does make the job easier.

4. Ask for Support When You Need It

Some problems are too big to solve alone. Knowing where to get help in the community can make it easier.

5. Help Your Child Manage Feelings and Relationships

Help children develop skills so they can manage their emotions and build healthy relationships with their peers and adults.

Métodos de eficiencia comprobada para que los padres ayuden a los niños a crecer y para mantener fuertes a las familias.


1. Sea fuerte ante el estrés

La capacidad de adaptación es manejar el estrés y enfrentar la vida incluso cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles.

2. Fomente buenas amistades

Tener una red de amigos y familiares nos ayuda a sentirnos seguros, tranquilos y nos da fuerzas.

3. Cultive su conocimiento sobre crianza y desarrollo infantil

No existe el padre perfecto, pero sabiendo qué esperar hace que el trabajo sea más fácil.

4. Pida apoyo cuando lo necesite

Algunos problemas son muy grandes para resolver solo. Saber dónde obtener ayuda en la comunidad puede hacer la vida más fácil.

5. Ayude a su niño a manejar sus sentimientos y relaciones

Ayude a los niños a desarrollar habilidades de modo que ellos puedan manejar sus emociones y construir relaciones saludables con sus compañeros y adultos.

Keeping families strong and children safe is a role all people play in Denver, especially community organizations who interact with children and families regularly in their own neighborhoods. Denver Human Services (DHS) offers grant funding opportunities  for Denver community organizations to organize community events and programs in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read the letter to community partners and submit an application by February 10, 2017. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to help you and/or your organization learn the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for mental illnesses and addiction.

Register your organization or group for this free training. Updated information coming soon. 

As the saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child," and protecting them is no different. Denver Human Services is partnering with community organizations throughout the Mile High City to bring positive, educational events to children families throughout April. Check back soon for a list of events in your community that will be held in support of Child Abuse Prevention month.

Learn more about child abuse prevention and get ideas on how you can make a difference in a child or family's life by calling 1-800-Children (244-5373)