Agencies to host abuse prevention family day

Published 11:14 am Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Clark County Child Protective Services and Clark County Schools are partnering this Saturday to host a child abuse prevention event at Robert D. Campbell Jr. High School.

The event, beginning at 11 a.m., is the second the two agencies have partnered together to host, according to Julie Ferrell, child protective services supervisor.

“We have an egg hunt planned along with food, music and materials regarding services in the community,” Ferrell said. “The egg hunt will take place in the middle of the walking track on Campbell’s campus.”

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In addition, several of the agency’s community partners will be at the event to showcase their services and offer resources to those in attendance.

Ferrell said that in Clark County there are several common risk factors that lead to child maltreatment. These include substance abuse and addiction, untreated mental health conditions, domestic violence, choosing inappropriate caretakers, exposing children to dangerous situations or people, overwhelmed parenting, a lack of resources to meet the child’s needs, lack of education or knowledge about parenting, generational patterns of abuse and neglect and child behavioral issues.

Ferrell said the partnership between her agency and the schools is a natural one.

“We work closely with the schools’ family resource centers and counselors as our eyes and ears on the frontline,” she said. “They are one of our greatest resources as they have daily interactions with these children.”

Volunteers will direct parking traffic at the event to designated areas in front of the school. 

Child abuse reports can be made at 859-245-5258 during business hours and through the child abuse hotline 800-752-6200 after hours and on weekends.