LONDON – The Saint Joseph London Foundation, on behalf of Saint Joseph London, has received a $607,726 grant from the CommonSpirit Health Mission and Ministry Fund to help equip local parents and guardians with healthy parenting skills, thereby reducing risk factors of child abuse and neglect. .
The grant will support Saint Joseph London’s Safe Child Initiative, ensuring the implementation and expansion of the hospital’s Nurturing Children program to surrounding counties. This program develops and supports a culture change where abuse and neglect are no longer experienced by the most vulnerable population – children under 5. The program educates parents and community members through awareness, curriculum and skills that establish intolerance of abuse and neglect as the norm through modified behaviors of actions. Since its inception in 2016, the Nurturing Children program has helped reduce the recidivism rate of abuse and neglect by 90%.
“This program takes you back to the basics of parenting and helps local parents and carers understand the importance of healthy parenting and pass it on to their children,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, President of Saint Joseph London Foundation. “With this generous grant, we will be able to help even more local children and continue to expand our program throughout the region.”
Child abuse can have long-term consequences like brain damage, diabetes, lung disease, and psychological and behavioral problems. Through the Safe Child Initiative, Saint Joseph’s Foundation London aims to reduce the number of children in reports founded and in need of services by 10% by 2025.
For more information about Saint Joseph London’s Nurturing Children programme, contact Mollie Harris, CSW, Violence Prevention Coordinator, at [email protected]