Levers for Change
A new approach to child abuse and neglect prevention that focuses on families' protective factors requires more than developing a model or implementing a new program. Child welfare professionals need new strategies that can enhance current programs, services, and systems to support and work with children and families.
"Levers for change" are high-level approaches to initiate sweeping and attainable changes in how we support communities and families. The goal is to strengthen families so they are better able to provide children with safe and happy childhoods. Below are the levers for change and relevant resources available on the Information Gateway website.
Levers for Change: Implementing and Sustaining Strengthening Families in States and Counties (PDF - 267 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2011)
Discusses how the levers can create incentives, capacity, and significant momentum to encourage local programs and service systems to use the protective factors framework. The levers create a systemic, scalable, and sustainable way to implement the protective factors.
- Management & supervision: Training - Core/foundation training for caseworkers - Child abuse prevention
- Management & supervision: Workforce - Retention - Professional development
Policies and systems
- Preventing child abuse & neglect: Developing & sustaining prevention programs
- Management & supervision: Interagency and cross system collaboration