Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities

June 27, 2016
Authors: Beverly L. Fortson, Joanne Klevens, Melissa T. Merrick, Leah K. Gilbert, Sandra P. Alexander
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Child abuse and neglect is preventable. This technical package presents strategies that prevent child abuse from happening, lessen the short and long term affects of child abuse, and prevent future risk. Approaches to advancing these strategies include: 1) strengthening economic supports for low-income households, 2) changing societal norms to support positive parenting and eliminate the use of corporal punishment, 3) providing quality care and education early in children’s life through accredited and affordable child care centers, 4) providing positive parenting training in order to teach parents how to best care for their children, and 5) intervening to less harm and prevent future risk through psychosocial support and other interventions. These approaches represent a multi-level and multi-sectoral approach to preventing child abuse and neglect.