(Neb.)-Dawes County, Panhandle Counties Unite To Fight Child Abuse Listen
(DAWES COUNTY)-Dawes County, as well as other Nebraska Panhandle counties, is taking steps toward more public awareness and action when it comes to preventing child abuse. The Dawes County Commissioners signed a proclamation recently, as did the Chadron City Council, to begin the process of generating more support for abuse prevention. Commissioner Stacy Swinney said the proclamation is just the beginning.
A subcommittee has been newly formed from various Panhandle boards. Swinney, who serves on the new subcommittee, explains one of the reasons why this group now exists.
Swinney says it’s paramount to have specific goals in mind when attempting to implement a new program of such large proportions.
Swinney says it will take extra work and funding to operate a program of such magnitude.
The ultimate goal, Swinney says, is to stop abuse before it even happens.
Swinney says the subcommittee is in its early stages of planning. “We’ve identified a problem, and we’ve identified a possible solution,” he says. “Everything in between there is still undecided.” Once a program is up and running, there will be ways for people to get involved. In the meantime, Swinney encourages people to stay alert and watch for tell-tale signs that a child may be suffering abuse. For more information on current abuse prevention materials and resources, call Kim Engel at the Panhandle Public Health District at 308-760-2415 or Sandy Roes at Western Community Health Resources at 308-432-2747.
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