Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Catholic Church in New Hampshire is committed to the safety of children. Please read on to find ways that the Diocese of Manchester is recognizing this special month. For more information about our policies, training programs, and resources, use the links on the left side of this page.
Mass for the Healing of Those Affected by Abuse
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocesan Safe Environment Council cordially invite all those who wish to pray for victims of abuse to a special Mass on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Concord. Please join us as we pray for all those who were abused as children, particularly those who were abused by people representing the Catholic Church.
Wear Blue Day- April 7
As a way to express your stance against child abuse and to spread awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention, please consider encouraging your parish staff and/or school community to wear blue on Friday, April 7. Share pictures on your parish or school social media accounts (#WearBlueDayNH)
Pinwheels for Prevention®
The Diocese of Manchester has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse America and the New Hampshire Children’s Trust to promote the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. Pinwheels serve as a symbol to remind us that all children deserve happy and safe childhoods.
Our colorful pinwheel templates feature three designs with positive messages for children, teens, and adults. The activity guide also includes discussion cards parents acan use to jump start conversations about child safety with their children. Include the pinwheels in your gardens or displays, on bulletin boards, as part of a classroom lesson about personal safety, or make them at home.
Twenty-four Bulletin Announcements to Promote Child Safety
Get started during Child Abuse Prevention month with these bulletin announcements and continue using them throughout the year.
Short-cuts to Promote Child Safety
We have a couple of short web addresses (URLs) that you can use to promote the many child safety resources on our website.
www.catholicnh.org/prevent - Use this URL to point to the Child Abuse Prevention Month page.
www.catholicnh.org/safety - Use this URL to point to our main child safety web pages.
www.catholicnh.org/report - Use this URL to direct people to our "How to Report Abuse" web page.
Do you know the warning signs of abusers? Do you know how to respond if a child tells you that he or she has been abused? Would you like to learn more about what the Catholic Church in New Hampshire is doing to prevent abuse? Our infographics can help answer these questions.
Download the infographics to use in church bulletins or school newsletters, pin on bulletin or Pinterest boards, or distribute to parents, volunteers, and parishioners.
Click on the images below to get a closer look at each infographic.