We know strengthening families through resilience, parenting education, basic supports, and knowledge of children’s social and emotional development drastically reduces the occurrence of child abuse and neglect.
We call that PRIMARY PREVENTION and increasing family access to Protective Factors, like those above, is what makes it work.
What is Prevention?
Put simply, PREVENTION IS the act or practice of keeping something from happening—or making sure nothing bad happens. And the something we do to make sure nothing bad happens is the foundation of PRIMARY PREVENTION, the results of which often go unnoticed.
Because nothing is difficult to see. We know, however, that in order to prevent incidences of child abuse and neglect, a whole lot of something has to happen.
PREVENTION IS advocating for legislation and policies that increase family resilience and decrease stress. PREVENTION IS investing in parent access to basic needs and parenting education. PREVENTION IS building nurturing environments so children can develop social and emotional skills that will benefit them throughout their lifespan.
PREVENTION IS creating and maintaining strong, thriving families. PREVENTION IS you, me, our families, and our communities working together to make children safer.
Each of us has a role to play. PREVENTION requires something from all of us.