April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! As part of our commitment to protecting the children in our community, we’re joining youth serving organizations across the country by participating in The Five Days of Action—a week-long campaign to increase awareness of child sexual abuse and empower and equip us all to prevent it. By taking part in this important campaign and through implementing abuse prevention practices year-round, the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta is committing to the safety of all children in our community.
The Five Days of Action enforces critically important habits— KNOW. SEE. RESPOND. —which enable us to understand how and when abuse happens, recognize the signs of abuse, and quickly and appropriately respond to it. When we embrace these habits, we foster a culture of child abuse prevention—a culture of happy and healthy children!
We take our commitment to child protection seriously and we hope you do too. The Y has a number of safety measures intended to keep kids safe. This includes criminal background checks on staff and volunteers; required staff training on recognizing and preventing abuse; limiting staff contact with children outside of Y programs; and reporting any allegations or suspicions of abuse to law enforcement.
We pledge to protect the children we serve, and we hope you will too! Head over to www.FiveDaysofAction.org/pledge to sign the pledge & learn more! Share your pledge on social media and tag three of your friends to ask them to take the pledge too.
Learn more about protecting the children you love at www.fivedaysofaction.org.
Five Days of Action is an initiative of the YMCA Champions for Child Protection created and designed by Darkness to Light, with support from YMCA of the USA, The Redwoods Foundation, The American Camp Association, and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.