• April 2019
  • Vol. 20, No. 3

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Helping Communities Leverage Public, Private Resources to Fight Child Neglect

The FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) offers multiple resources to help communities combat child neglect by partnering with public and private organizations and agencies that address the problems often at the root of neglect—extreme poverty, substance use, mental health disorders, and domestic violence.

The CBCAP program directs lead agencies to marshal the resources of other entities serving the same populations and sharing the same goals. The FRIENDS webpage Leveraging Public Systems to Prevent Neglect (https://friendsnrc.org/neglect-toolkit/policies-public-systems/leveraging-public-systems-to-prevent-neglect) identifies the following sectors as potential partners in preventing child neglect and providing early intervention when needed:

  • Medical and behavioral health
  • Early childhood education and schools
  • Economic aid/poverty reduction
  • Housing/homelessness
  • Job training/employment skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Domestic violence

The webpage also discusses the role of community initiatives, intergenerational approaches, and the use of differential or alternative response in combatting child neglect.

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