Pinwheels for Prevention™” is a national and local public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
Missouri KidsFirst will be kicking off the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Conference with the 6th Annual Pinwheels for Prevention Community Pinwheel Garden at the Missouri State Capitol on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12pm. At the ceremony, Missouri KidsFirst will present the Standing with Children Award honoring legislators that have stood up to protect Missouri’s children. We invite anyone committed to the well-being of children and preventing child abuse to sponsor a pinwheel in the garden.
The pinwheel represents hope, health and happiness. This uplifting symbol of childhood represents efforts to ensure the healthy development of children, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development. When children don’t have equal opportunities for growth and development, we put the future of our society at risk. A focus on innovative programming that lays the foundation for children’s safety, growth and development reduces the possibility of more serious problems occurring later.
When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development. The campaign provides a unique opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention, supporting child and family friendly policies and services, and volunteering at the local, state, and national levels.
More information about how you can get involved, order pinwheels and learn about this movement can be found throughout this toolkit.
Learn Protective Factors that can prevent child abuse.
Pinwheels for Prevention Branding: Prevent Child Abuse America.
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION is a registered U.S. trademark held by Prevent Child Abuse America. The registration is Reg. No. 2,800,287 and covers “promoting public awareness of child abuse.” In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America launched PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION to introduce the pinwheel as the national child abuse and neglect prevention symbol.
As part of the campaign, research indicated that messages of deaths from or reported cases of child abuse may bring headlines but do little to engage people in more meaningful ways. As such, Prevent Child Abuse America does not allow pinwheels to be equated with reports of or deaths from abuse. However, we do encourage aligning pinwheels with messages of support for healthy child development or healthy births, or displaying pinwheels for every family served.
For further information or ideas on how to bring Pinwheels for Prevention to your community, contact: Cherisse Thibaut, Manager of Prevention and Community Outreach, email@example.com, 573-632-4600