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April 2013Vol. 14, No. 3Promising Practices in Child Abuse Prevention

A new publication identifies promising trends or lines of learning that may be useful in efforts to improve child maltreatment prevention and policies. In Innovations in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: A Review of the Literature, author Genevieve Benedetti presents the results of a Chapin Hall study designed to identify promising programs and examples of successful collaboration across State agencies, or improved methods of service.

The study consisted of a review of academic journals in order to pinpoint promising programs in the areas of child abuse and neglect prevention, public health, parenting and family support, and child development. In addition, interviews were conducted with 22 experts from a range of fields. Participants were asked to identify key trends in their respective fields.

The findings are organized into eight topical areas or trends:

  • Advances in neuroscience that highlight the negative impacts of poor parenting on a child's developing brain
  • How social context and culture can protect the developing child and strengthen parental capacity
  • Promising community prevention strategies
  • Federal policy initiatives that direct public investments toward evidence-based programs
  • Research findings that underscore the importance of addressing the needs of new parents and young children
  • Ways that implementation science can strengthen service delivery and improve the odds of replicating model programs with fidelity and quality
  • Understanding how to construct and sustain effective State systems and robust community-based organizations
  • New technologies, such as social media and the Internet, that can be used to reach different populations and support direct service providers

Innovations in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention was published by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and is available on the Chapin Hall website: (415 KB)