• September/October 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 7

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Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Decision-Making Guide

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Division of Violence Prevention, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a new technical package on preventing child abuse and neglect, featuring strategies that are designed to be implemented in a multilevel approach that cuts across health, education, justice, social services, business, and government sectors. Intended to help guide and inform prevention decision-making in communities and States, this resource recommends select child abuse and neglect prevention strategies based on the best available evidence, including:

  • Stronger economic supports for families (e.g., boosting financial support measures for families, family-friendly work policies)
  • Support for parents and education on positive parenting (e.g., public education campaigns, legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishment)
  • Access to quality care and education early in life (e.g., preschool enrichment, family engagement, licensing/accreditation of child care)
  • Education for parents to promote children's healthy development (e.g., home visitations in early childhood, parenting skills)
  • Interventions to reduce harms and prevent future risk (e.g., improved primary care, parental behavior training programs)

Access Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities at http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdf (4 MB).

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