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.
The Diocese of Manchester has prepared the following guides for parents, school staff, and coaches on the topic of appropriate boundaries. When adults who work with minors observe appropriate boundaries, it helps to create a healthy and safe environment for children and youth.
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 19 at 6:30 p.m. at St Joseph Cathedral Chapel,145 Lowell Street, Manchester 03104. 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- Friday, April 6
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 6. 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 can 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.
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. Please print and distribute, or pin our infographics to your Pinterest board.
Download Infographics Please 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 view our infographics.