Ask an Arizona Expert

Keeping Children Safe
An Eight, Arizona PBS Production

Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert is part of Eight's ongoing Ask An Arizona Expert series, offering members of our community the opportunity to phone in or write in via social media and speak directly with a local expert. This latest program focuses on issues of preventing child abuse and human trafficking, and takes place during national Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert aired Monday, April 21 at 8pm on Eight HD

We all care about the issue of child abuse, but we hear a lot more about the problem than we do about the solutions. Prevention priorities have historically lagged behind abuse response measures, resulting in long-lasting negative effects on children, their families and society as a whole. Preventing abuse means setting the stage for healthy, stable families who have the tools they need for nurturing their children.

There are many programs, services and actions that support families and help to prevent child abuse. To learn more about this issue and how you can help, watch Keeping Children Safe: Ask An Expert. Ted Simons, host of Arizona Horizon, will welcome a panel of experts to discuss this community-wide problem and the ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of abuse for children:

Representatives from organizations including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Child Crisis Center will be in Eight’s studio taking viewer calls from 7pm to 10pm. We will also have a bilingual team of experts answering your questions via Facebook and Twitter.

This program made possible by a grant from The Steele Foundation.

The panel of experts included in the show:

  • Becky Ruffner – Executive Director at Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
  • Robert Bell – Children’s Justice Coordinator for Maricopa County at the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona
  • Cordelia Anderson – author and national expert on human trafficking & prevention of child sexual abuse/exploitation

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Opinions expressed on Keeping Children Safe are those of individual participants and do not necessarily reflect those of Eight, ASU, and the Board of Regents.


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