Leveraging Public Systems to Prevent Neglect [Webpage]
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.
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FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project 800 Eastowne Drive Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This webpage explains that because of the risks closely associated with child neglect, such as substance use disorders, mental health conditions, domestic violence and especially, extreme poverty, neglect prevention is often well served by being woven into other public systems. It urges public agencies to focus on prevention and early intervention and to develop partnerships with other community and informal support systems to promote effective prevention strategies for neglect, and lists possible partners. The Pathways Mapping Initiative is highlighted, an initiative that puts together what is known from research and from the experiences of high-quality, results-oriented, initiatives, and systems for strengthening efforts to improve community outcomes for children and their families. Examples of the types of widely endorsed public policy child-related goals that can serve as common ground for public sector partnerships are identified for children and youth, family, and community. The webpage then explains the promise of inter-generational approaches that focus on creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both vulnerable parents and their children. Finally, differential or alternative response is described as a system reform that enables child protective services (CPS) to differentiate its response to reports of child abuse and neglect based on several factors, and bolsters service provision to those at risk because of the additional supports offered.
child neglect; public agencies; service integration; prevention programs; partnerships; interagency collaboration; Multitrack response system