Blue pinwheels could be seen spinning outside the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge on Tuesday.
Several community members planted a pinwheel garden in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to a release.
“The board is very, very proud of all your efforts, all of the county staff that we have… that help prevent child abuse,” Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chairman Corey Stewart said to participants. “So, on behalf of the Board of County Supervisors, I want to thank all of you who help protect our kids here in Prince William County and help protect our future in doing so.”
Prevent Child Abuse America, a national non-profit, adopted the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse prevention in 2008.
The Prince William County Department of Social Services works alongside various agencies — including area police departments, the county attorney’s office, and local counseling providers — to prevent child abuse.
“Through that collaboration, we’ve been able to offer training to professionals and also put together different initiatives to prevent child abuse from ever starting,” Theresa Wilson, the the Department of Social Services’ family services manager, said in a release.
Everyone, Wilson added, is responsible for helping prevent child abuse.
“The main thing that people can do if they have a concern that a child is being abused or neglected is to report it. Everybody plays a role,” Wilson said. “If you see something then you need to report it. That’s how we protect children. It’s really a community thing.”
To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit www.pwcgov.org/dss.
For the Child Abuse Prevention Hotline, call 703-792-4200.
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