Best Practices: Prevention

The following resources are listed in no particular order:

Child Welfare Information Gateway (2016). Building Community, building hope: 2016 Prevention Resource Guide. Washington, DC: Author.

The National Coaltion to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (2012). The National Plan to Prevent Child Abuse and Exploitation. The plan covers six action areas of prevention: research, public awareness, ending the demand, policies and organizational practices, collaborative practices, and funding. 32p

Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide. A collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse & Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS Nationa Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and the Center for the Study of Social Policy-Strengthening Families. The goal of this resource is to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit

from the Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections series Bernard Van Leer Foundation by Edith H. Grotberg, Ph.D., The International Resilience Project. The Bernard Van Leer Foundation's central objective is to improve opportunities for young children who live in disadvantaged circumstances. It does this by supporting the development of innovative field-based approaches in early childhood development, and by sharing experiences with as wide an audience as possible in order to influence policy and practice. In this guide, Dr. Grotberg has has turned concepts into practical tools that can be incorporated into the everyday work of development projects. Thus, it also serves as an example of how theory and research can be turned into practice.


Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-Step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This manual is designed to help violence prevention organizations hire an empowerment evaluator who will assist them in building their evaluation capacity through a learn-by-doing process of evaluating their own strategies.

Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

This publication by an Advisory Group to the Children's Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect collects information on initiatives and examines their effectiveness.

Strategies for Preventing Violence: Early Childhood Home Visitation

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services (the Task Force) conducted a systematic review of scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of early childhood home visitation for preventing several forms of violence, and concluded that home visitation has demonstrated effectiveness for preventing child abuse and neglect.

Tough Problems, Tough Choices: Guidelines for Needs-Based Service Planning in Child Welfare

This publication contains 14 separate guides that help practitioners make effective service and case planning decisions and achieve measurable outcomes for children and families, including child abuse and neglect.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A National Resource Directory and Handbook.

This resource directory primarily includes information on child sexual abuse prevention efforts in the United States. Additional resources from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are also included.

States Using Evidence-Based Methods to Prevent Child Abuse

A general article about the trend toward evidence-based practices, including an interview with John R. Lutzker of CDC on preventing child maltreatment.

The Role of Home-Visitation Programs in Improving Health Outcomes for Children and Families

This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics supports home-visitation programs as an effective mechanism to ensure ongoing parental education, social support, and linkage with public and private community services.

Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation

An issue of Juvenile Justice Bulletin that provides an overview of a home-visitation program tested over a 20 year period that reduces risk and even affects juvenile violence.

Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence Based Practice

Prevention and intervention services published by the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators.

What Works

Programs and interventions that may influence outcomes for youth and young children, compiled by the Child Trends DataBank.

Safe Child Program

A promising practice to be used in classroom settings that provides children ages three to ten with a set of skills to help them prevent sexual, emotional, and physical abuse.

Best Practices for Parent Education Programs Seeking to Prevent Child Abuse

Suggested guidelines from the National Parenting Education Network to help parent education programs reduce the risk of child abuse.

The National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Developed by the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation.

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online

This guide covers what you need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.

What Kids Need:Developmental Assets

The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework from the Search Institute has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.