April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month set aside to inform Kansans of
what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect in their communities.
“To protect children,” are the first words of the Kansas Department of Social
and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) mission statement, and this responsibility is
taken very seriously. In the last six months, SRS has received 26,191 reports of
suspected child abuse or neglect and over 100 investigations are initiated each
“Kansas children need to be safe from child abuse and neglect, said SRS
Secretary Don Jordan. This responsibility cannot be managed by SRS alone. A
collaborate effort is needed to focus on the prevention of child abuse and
neglect. The public plays a very important role in the protection of
SRS uses many approaches to combat child abuse including prevention,
assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities. SRS values the
importance of families in the lives of children and provides services to
families to keep their children in the home when it can be done safely.
Community partners are vital to creating a safe environment for children in
their homes or when necessary, in an alternative placement.
To learn more about the signs of abuse and neglect and ways you can help
prevent it, visit www.srs.ks.gov.
Awareness and community building activities are taking place across the state
throughout the month of April. For event locations and times, please visit www.kcsl.org.
To report concerns of child abuse or neglect in the state of Kansas, please
call 1-800-922-5330. The Kansas Protection Report Center is staffed 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Every call is taken seriously and every
effort will be made to protect the caller’s identity.