National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this observance, we raise awareness of the impact and prevention of child maltreatment. Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) such as physical or sexual. The Indian Health Service has an important role in improving the lives of Native youth. IHS’ efforts include early intervention, screening, assessment, training, and community-based programming to build resiliency among children and youth and promoting family engagement.