Infographic about Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

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Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect:

When we make relationships and environments safe, stable, and nurturing, we help all kids and families thrive.

There are four types of child abuse and neglect: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.

About 1 in 7 children experienced child abuse and neglect in the last year. That is millions of kids (self-report data).

The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a CDC priority. They’re not inevitable.

Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure all children reach their full potential.

CDC has developed a technical package to help states and communities use the best available evidence to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The technical package highlights 5 strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect:

  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
  • Provide quality care and education early in life
  • Enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk

It is important to monitor and evaluate your efforts while the field of violence prevention continues to evolve.

Be a part of the solution.

Your prevention efforts may involve developing new partnerships or working across sectors. Including: Education, Government, Health Care Services, Social Services, Public Health, Businesses, Justice, Housing, Non-Governmental Organizations, Foundations

Act now! Use CDC’s technical package to begin or expand your prevention efforts.

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