National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.

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Protective Factors

Activity Calendar

Archived Resource Guides

Chapter 1

Protective-Factors Approaches to Promoting Well-Being

Information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, some established protective factors approaches, and how some State and local agencies are implementing protective factors approaches to create lasting change in how communities support families.

Chapter 2

Working With Families Using the Protective-Factors

Detailed information about six protective factors for preventing child maltreatment and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice with families and children. Spanish

Chapter 3

Engaging Your Community

Strategies to help build community awareness and support the development of broad-based, meaningful community partnerships.

Chapter 4

Protecting Children

Information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, identifying and reporting maltreatment, and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma.

Chapter 5

Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers

Strength-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in discussions or visits with caregivers, and calendars of activities to help programs, parents, and community partners celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Chapter 6


Contact information for private and Federal partners working nationally to strengthen families.

Authors and Contributors

The guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families, preventing child maltreatment, and promoting children's well-being.

Children's Bureau Child Welfare Information Gateway FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Strengthening Families, Center for the Study of Social Policy