Collaborating With Your Community
Human services agencies, schools, faith-based groups, health-care facilities, businesses, and other agencies and organizations all have a stake in helping to prevent child abuse and neglect. Working in isolation, these groups often struggle to find the resources to make an impact on the lives of children and families. Working together, they can combine resources to prevent physical and emotional harm to children, build strong families, and help communities thrive.
Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: Strategies for State and Social Policymakers (PDF - 172 KB)
Finance Project (2005)
Outlines the three levels of child abuse and neglect prevention and reviews State and local approaches that can be used to address each level.
Network Self-Assessment Tool (PDF - 116 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2006)
Assists States in establishing local or regional networks and reviewing their current work by identifying network strengths as well as areas needing improvement.
Community Partnerships for the Protection of Children
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Works with jurisdictions across the country to improve society's response to protecting vulnerable children and strengthening families. This work engages public child protection agencies, human services providers, local organizations, the faith community, and neighborhood leaders, using the motto, "Keeping children safe is everybody's business."
Community Strategies to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect: Lessons from the Safe Kids/Safe Streets Program (PDF - 350 KB)
Describes an evaluation of a program to help five communities reduce child abuse and neglect and their aftereffects through collaborative, communitywide efforts.
Family to Family
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Helps communities work in partnership with a wide range of community organizations, in neighborhoods that are the source of high child protective services referral rates, to create an environment that supports families involved in the child welfare system and helps build stronger neighborhoods and families.
Family Violence Prevention: A Toolkit for Stakeholders (PDF â€“ 4,567 KB)
National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families & Center for Family Policy and Practice (2013)
Provides a toolkit with information and resources to assist stakeholders in incorporating domestic violence and child maltreatment awareness into service provision, including information that will increase service providers understanding of these issues and will also help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.
Partnering For Prevention (PDF - 2,447 KB)
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter,94
Virginia Department of Social Services & James Madison University Department of Psychology
Examines child maltreatment prevention through the lens of community partners in prevention and specifically explores the role of the media, charitable foundations, and other business partners in financing and promoting prevention efforts. The role of faith-based partners as prevention and intervention partners also is explored.
Partnering with Families and Communities [Webcast]
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2013)
Offers a webcast on the Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project in Los Angeles, CA, and discusses three strategies to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families: (1) decreasing social isolation by connecting families to each other; (2) addressing issues of economic security; and (3) increasing access to available resources.
Partnerships for Families: Stories and Lessons From Los Angeles Communities (PDF - 2970 KB)
First 5 LA (2010)
Describes the Partnerships for Families concept and model and its success in building a comprehensive network of community services and supports for families. The report includes information on developing and maintaining collaboratives, achieving and sustaining improvements among at-risk families, and recommendations for communities, systems, and funders.
Public-Private Partnerships for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
American Humane (2010)
Protecting Children, 25(4)
Focuses on collaborative partnerships between public child welfare agencies and private entities that enable these groups to align their missions and goals, maximize their use of funding streams, and more effectively serve and support the children and families who come of the attention of the public child welfare system.
Working Effectively With Faith Based Organizations (PDF - 76 KB)
Discusses why faith-based organizations need to be a part of community collaborations for providing services, outlines characteristics of faith communities, includes strategies for developing connections to faith-based organizations, and provides tips for engaging the faith-based community and building trust.