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Notice to Readers: National Child Abuse Prevention Month --- April 2008

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an observance intended to increase awareness of child maltreatment and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. CDC defines child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child (1).

During April, CDC and the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will highlight a range of child maltreatment prevention measures at the national, state, and local levels, including promotion of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNR) between children and caregivers. Three CDC publications support the SSNR framework: 1) Child Maltreatment Surveillance, Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements; 2) The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan; and 3) Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures.

These publications and additional information regarding child maltreatment are available at Additional information from ACF is available at and from the Child Welfare Information Gateway at


  1. Leeb RT, Paulozzi L, Melanson C, Simon T, Arias I. Child maltreatment surveillance: uniform definitions for public health and recommended data elements, version 1.0. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2008.

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Date last reviewed: 4/2/2008


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