Prevent Child Abuse Sonoma County
The prevention of child maltreatment is a shared responsibility of the whole community.
Prevent Child Abuse-Sonoma County (PCA-SC) provides networking opportunities, education, and professional trainings for those involved in child abuse prevention and intervention services. We work to increase public awareness about issues relating to child abuse and neglect in the community. This includes:
- Building a community that protects and promotes healthy families
- Raising community awareness and educating parents, professionals, and community members through promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Championing the local Blue Ribbon child abuse prevention campaign each April
In order to help create results locally, PCA-SC strives to make communities aware and therefore more involved in protecting children and strengthening families. We advocate for policies that support families and protect children.
Interested in becoming a member of our council or participating in our free trainings? Email Robin Bowen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS NEED MANDATED REPORTERS TO CONTINUE REPORTING ABUSE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Empowering service providers and other professionals in their role as mandated reporters during the COVID-19 crisis.
Children not being in consistent contact with service providers, schools, and other professionals creates barriers to reporting abuse.
In times of crisis and economic instability, child abuse and neglect rates increase. However, reports of child abuse and neglect in Sonoma County have declined
during this crisis. The ability to speak up for children’s safety is crucial at this time.
To report effectively, explain how family dynamics or parent’s behavior directly results in abuse or neglect to the child or otherwise has impacted the child.
For example, a parent can suffer from a mental health condition or have a drug or alcohol problem, but if possible, obtain information on how this impacted the child’s safety, caused an injury, or resulted in neglect issues. If a child reports being hit, ask when it happened, where on the body they were hit, what they were hit with, and if there are marks, injuries or bruises.
If there are “red flags” but not quite enough to report, welfare checks are available through the local law enforcement agencies. Call your city’s law enforcement non-emergency number, and ask for a welfare check, citing concerns about a child’s well-being.