Child Maltreatment Prevention

​Child maltreatment​ ​​[​1] prevention aims to address the potential threat to children's physical and emotional safety and well-being while building personal attributes, nurturing relationships and supportive environments that equip children with the resilience to thrive and withstand adversity.

Prevention​ approaches or interventions have these characteristics:

  • Available to both the general population and a higher risk​ sub-group of the population
  • Target parents and parental needs before or in the very early stages of concerning events or behavior
  • Address the risk of and prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of child abuse and neglect

The Prevention Board focuses on primary prevention programs, services and approaches to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect before it occurs and to build Protective Factors​ which act as buffers against adversity while also promoting the optimal child developme​nt. Strategies are offered to all families universally without identifying their individual level of risk or likelihood of child maltreatment.

"Because maltreatment is so difficult to predict, prevention approaches that strengthen protective factors among at-risk families broadly – even if the risk is low – are likely to be most effective in preventing maltreatment."

– Child Trends        ​