​Family Strengthening​

Family Strengthening is child maltreatment prevention.

The most effective and compassionate strategy to ensure the well-being of children is to strengthen and support their family. A family strengthening approach focuses on the dynamics and internal resources of the individual family as well as the community and social environment that surrounds it. The approach emphasizes the importance of assisting all families to sustain health, and of reaching out with additional supports, before the family is in crisis and experiencing overwhelming stress. 

Universal access to strategies and resources creates community conditions that support and strengthen families according to their level of need. Since it is difficult to identify if, when, and how challenges will affect any family, it is important to provide supports to all families with the latitude to allow them to identify the type of assistance they require, and the opportunity to access more tailored and intensive levels of support as needed.​

Primary Prevention

Primary prevention seeks to promote the wellbeing of children and families and prevent maltreatment prior to any occurance.

​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        ​