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Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community: 2008 Resource Packet
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention |
|Year Published: 2008|
Chapter 1: Overview: About This Packet
For years, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and its National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information—now known as Child Welfare Information Gateway—have created an annual Community Resource Packet to support State and local agencies and concerned citizens in promoting public awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month each April. Previous editions of this packet have described both community strategies and family activities for supporting parents and promoting safe children and healthy families.
This packet continues to support child maltreatment prevention efforts by describing strategies and activities that not only reduce risk, but also promote protective factors associated with the prevention of child maltreatment. These protective factors increase the capacity of parents, caregivers, and communities to protect, nurture, and promote the healthy development of children.
This year's packet suggests strategies and provides numerous resources for building the protective factors associated with child abuse prevention. It was created for service providers who work with parents and their children, including parent educators, family support workers, health-care providers, teachers, childcare providers, mentors, clergy, and many more.
While the packet as a whole is not intended for use by families, Chapter 3 contains a number of tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in the context of discussions or visits with caregivers. As with the entire packet, these tip sheets were created with input from experts and national organizations that protect children and promote healthy families. They were designed to engage parents in understanding the key protective factors. Other resources for promoting healthy families are available from the national organizations.
The goals of the packet are to:
- Promote five protective factors that research has shown to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect
- Encourage service providers to engage and partner with parents
- Provide suggestions for community-wide efforts to raise awareness of the importance of strengthening families
Using the Packet
The national organizations, Federal partners, and parents who support this effort hope that community agencies and service providers will use this packet to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and building on the five protective factors. By working together, community agencies, service providers, and parents can protect children and ensure a positive future.
The packet is organized into five chapters:
- Chapter 1, Overview introduces the packet and its purpose, the five protective factors that serve as building blocks for protecting children and promoting healthy families, and why service providers must partner with families to achieve these goals.
- Chapter 2, The Five Protective Factors provides greater detail about each of the protective factors, with tips for exploring parents' strengths and needs and suggestions for resources to share with parents.
- Chapter 3, Tip Sheets for Parents includes five short factsheets, in English and Spanish, written at an accessible reading level and tested with parents. These tip sheets are offered for providers to use when working directly with moms, dads, and other caregivers on specific parenting strategies that build upon the protective factors.
- Chapter 4, Engaging Your Community includes strategies for sharing the message of child abuse and neglect prevention, including talking points, community awareness activities, and tips for working with the media.
- Chapter 5, When Children Are at Risk includes information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, and identifying and reporting maltreatment.
At the end of the packet, you will find a list of national organizations that work to protect children and promote healthy families, including those that participated in creating this packet.
This packet and a companion poster can be ordered or downloaded from the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. Also available on the website are downloadable logos and graphics that may be used to personalize resources developed for Child Abuse Prevention Month in local communities.
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides links to resources and information about child abuse prevention, family strengthening, family-centered practice, family support, and family preservation services. The Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect section includes information on the five protective factors, supporting and engaging families, creating supportive communities, and much more. Throughout this packet, links to related Information Gateway webpages will provide you with a wealth of additional information.
This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway.