When we say “child abuse prevention” we are talking about creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families. While everyone can agree we want to prevent child abuse and neglect, understanding evidence-based strategies and programs to achieve this are less commonly known.
Child abuse and neglect is not caused by a single factor but by multiple factors related to the individual, family, community, and society at large. Environments that are violent, lack accessible and effective community resources, and are disproportionately affected by poverty or unemployment are variables that contribute to child abuse and neglect.
Explore ways to support families and prevent child maltreatment by hovering on the graphic below.
This model helps communicate strategies needed at every level to prevent child maltreatment and provides examples of initiatives and programs currently happening around the state. By clearly stating how individuals and groups can work to prevent maltreatment, we can create a common agenda and collective effort to ensure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for Georgia’s children and families.
Ecological Framework for Prevention, Child Welfare Gateway, https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/overview/framework/ecological/
The Social-Ecological Model: A Framework for Prevention, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,