Pinwheel Project brings awareness to the issue of child abuse

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    April was designated as National Child Abuse Prevention month, and TCU is doing their best to raise awareness for the subject through the Pinwheel Project.

    TCU partnered with Alliance for Children, a children’s advocacy center located in Tarrant County. Alliance for Children and TCU have been working together for the last four years by providing information and prevention training across campus.

    The TCU Department of Social Work, College of Education, Alpha Phi Omega and student volunteers banded together with Alliance for Children to form this weeklong event from April 16 to April 22.

    “I think the best aspect, of many, of the Pinwheel Project is that it will raise awareness of the multitude of issues surrounding child abuse,” said Chancellor Victor Boschini, who was set to speak at this year’s kickoff event.

    The kickoff event was postponed this year, but on April 15, those on campus were asked to wear blue to show support of National Child Abuse Month. Events were postponed due to a shipping strike, Kim Rocha, Alliance for Children’s Northeast Center coordinator of marketing and public relations, said.

    There were also three training sessions offered, one on April 14 and two on April 20. 

    “We have provided on-campus, mandatory child abuse prevention training to staff and students who directly work with youth during summer campus and programs,” Rocha said.

    These training sessions teach how to recognize, prevent and aid those who are involved in these kinds of situations.

    Alliance for Children does a similar project with the Arlington Police Department as well as Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

    For more information visit Alliance for Children’s website.