Child Maltreatment: Prevention 101


When it comes to child abuse and neglect, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a list of the most common and useful strategies and approaches. By implementing these methods, child maltreatment can be avoided. The first strategy is to strengthen economic supports to families, which can be done by building up household financial security and family-friendly work policies. A second strategy would be to change social norms to support positive parenting, and can be implemented through public engagement and education, and corporal punishment reduction. The other strategies include providing quality care earlier in life, enhancing parenting skills, and intervening to prevent future risk. These can be executed by preschool enrichment programs, improved child care quality through licensing, early childhood home visitation, family relationship assistance, enhanced primary care, training programs, treatments to lessen harms, and treatment to prevent problem behavior.

The CDC website also provides some excellent planning tools and guidelines, including but not limited to: Essentials for Childhood, Essentials for parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, EvaluACTION, Principles of Prevention, etc.

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