Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Catholic Church in New Hampshire is absolutely 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.
You Can Help Prevent Abuse!
Learn about the red flags of abusers, how to keep children safe, and how to report suspicions. Complete our free online training, Safe Haven. This training is required for all employees and for volunteers who work with minors, but we encourage all concerned adults to complete it. Learn more here.
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.
Wear Blue Day - Friday, April 1
As a way to express your stance against child abuse and to spread awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention, please consider wearing blue on Friday, April 1. Post photos to social media using #WearBlueDayNH and #WearBlueDay2022 or e-mail your photo.
Mass to Pray for Those Affected by Abuse - April 28
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Diocese of Manchester invites you to a Mass to Pray for Those Affected by Abuse on April 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. The celebrant will be Bishop Peter A. Libasci.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are factors or situations in a child’s life that can lead to lifelong challenges, including chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use issues. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs (cdc.gov).
Let’s help all children reach their full potential and create communities in which every child can thrive!
Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences and how you can help.
Blue Sunday - National Day of Prayer
Dedicate April 24th to prayer and for the intention: "May survivors of abuse experience God’s profound love for them, and receive comfort and healing."
Use our Prayers of the Faithful for today’s Mass and other Masses during April.
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. Find out how to "plant" a pinwheel garden.
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. For poster-sized versions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.