Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities.
Fortson, Beverly L. Klevens, Joanne. Merrick, Melissa T. Gilbert, Leah K. Alexander, Sandra P.
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Division of Violence Prevention.
Information Packet or Sheet
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect. These strategies include strengthening economic supports to families; changing social norms to support parents and positive parenting; providing quality care and education early in life; enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development; and intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk. The strategies represented in this package include those with a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of child abuse and neglect. These strategies range from a focus on individuals, families, and relationships to broader community and societal change. The package begins with a review of the Essential for Childhood framework steps that communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens. The framework is organized around four goals and related steps to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families: raise awareness and commitment; use data to inform actions; create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs; and create the context for healthy children and families through policies. Different types of child abuse and neglect are then discussed, as well as prevalence and risk factors. Contextual and cross-cutting themes across strategies are also highlighted. Following discussion of the strategies, final sections discuss social services and public health sectors involvement and strategies for monitoring and evaluation prevention efforts. 155 references.
child abuse; child neglect; recurrence; prevention programs; technical assistance; evidence based practice; promising practices; policy formation; program implementation; public health services; child welfare services