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June 2015Vol. 16, No. 5Exemplary Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Children and families at risk for child maltreatment often have a complex array of needs that one program or organization may not be able to address on its own. There is a need for a multisector approach that addresses these needs together, utilizes increased collaboration across programs and systems, and blends funding to support broad program goals across categories. FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) published Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention: Exemplary Practices, a guide highlighting CBCAP programs from 16 States that achieved exemplary innovation and leadership in eight key categories:

  • Advocating for systems change
  • Coordinating and collaborating
  • Strategic program funding and assessment of needs
  • Reaching special populations
  • Promoting parent leadership and involvement
  • Training and supporting professional development and program quality
  • Evaluating programs
  • Fostering public awareness

In addition to these eight key areas, three additional areas are highlighted showcasing other CBCAP achievements by States: contextual factors that influence prevention of child abuse and neglect, strategies for grant development, and an ambitious prevention goal and plan to achieve it.

Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention: Exemplary Practices is available on the FRIENDS website at (PDF - 2 MB).