Nobel International School Algarve has once again joined forces with the Lagoa branch of the CPCJ (Committee for the Protection of Children and Youths), and Lagoa council, with a view to carrying out activities within the scope of Child Abuse Prevention Month, throughout April.
The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness among the community about the importance of identifying and preventing child abuse, by guiding families towards positive parenting and community involvement.
Blue ribbons are being worn by staff and teachers around the campus and a series of fun activities and little mementos are being provided to keep the message prominent.
While April was declared Child Abuse Prevention Month back 1983, the Blue Ribbon came about when, in the spring of 1989, an American grandmother named Bonnie Finney tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van. When people asked her why, she shared with them the story of her grandchildren and the child abuse they had suffered, which ultimately led to the death of her 3-year-old grandson.
The spirit of the blue ribbon grew and by the following year it had become the symbol of child abuse prevention in the US state of Virginia. Then a national symbol and an international symbol.
The key message to Child Abuse Prevention Month is that everyone can play a role in supporting families to prevent child abuse and neglect: violence cannot be ignored, children need to be heard and situations exposed.
Anyone who knows of a child who may be being maltreated can contact CPCJ Lagoa on: 961 624 595 / 282 380 459 / firstname.lastname@example.org