20 Ways of Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect


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1. The Child Help USA Hotline offers 24-hour crisis telephone assistance for individuals
under stress. Telephone counseling is available in 140 languages 800-422-4453.
2. Organizations such as Parents Anonymous offer self-help groups for parents seeking support and positive parent strategies at www.parentsanonymous.org
3. Child Abuse Prevention Councils or Family Resource Centers have resources available locally to help families.
4. Parents who ask for help in getting housing, food, transportation, and/or health care protect their families from stress.
5. Being connected to family and friends by sharing celebrations and day-to-day problems makes families stronger.
6. Families who use a family physician and healthcare provider, also known as a medical home, promote good health and children are screened for normal developmental milestones on an ongoing basis.
7. Parents who encourage, listen, and accept expression of emotions help their child to develop healthy self-esteem about themselves and in relation to others.
8. Parents who learn about and practice safe nonviolent forms of child discipline become positive role models for their children.
9. Learning what is normal with their child’s development helps parents accept their child as they are and decreases frustration from unrealistic expectations.
10. Parents that utilize recovery programs for alcohol or drug abuse learn to stay clean and stay connected with others.
11. Parent education classes teach parents the benefits of bonding, understanding, andaccepting their children’s personalities.
12. High quality preschools teach children social skills and build self-esteem.
13. Fathers who connect with their children form strong family bonds.
14. Parents can learn ways to calm a crying baby and manage feelings of frustration when a baby is inconsolable.
15. Parents can investigate child care provider for any history of abusingchildren. Use Trustline to check out child care providers 800-822-8490.
16. Parents can ask for help when depressed or stressed by life’s challenges.
17. Parents learning about child safety in the home can prevent accidents and increase awareness of the environment.
18. Parents can use community services such as respite care and home visiting services to strengthen parental resilience when times are tough.
19. Communities can support families by providing free or low-cost activities that encourage parent/child interactions.
20. Community networks collaborating with each other facilitate ease of referrals and obtaining services for families.

Taken from the
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
OFFICE OF CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION