Best Practices: Prevention

The following resources are listed in no particular order:

Building Community, building hope: 2016 Prevention Resource Guide.

This annual Resource Guide is one of the Children’s Bureau’s most anticipated publications, offering trusted information, strategies, and resources to help communities support and strengthen families and promote the well-being of children and youth. 

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.

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.

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.

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.