The DCS Office of Prevention was established to prevent child abuse/neglect. To support the needs of children and strengthen families, the Office of Prevention collaborates with the Community, Service Providers, Stakeholders and the DCS Field Staff. Through these collaborations, the Office of Prevention leverages resources, education, training and programs based on best practices to serve Arizona’s children and families.
What is child abuse prevention?
Child abuse and neglect prevention activities generally occur at three basic levels.
TYPES OF PREVENTION ACTIVITIES:
Primary, or universal, prevention activities are directed at the general population with the goal of stopping the occurrence of maltreatment before it starts.
Example: Regional Child Abuse Prevention Councils
Secondary, or selective, prevention activities focus on families at high risk of maltreatment to alleviate conditions associated with the problem.
Example: The Healthy Families Program & Building Resilient Families Program
Tertiary, or indicated, prevention activities direct services to families where maltreatment has occurred to reduce the negative consequences of the maltreatment and to prevent its recurrence.
Example: The SENSE Program
The Office of Prevention will be engaged in various activities that promote the Protective Factors. Protective factors are attributes in individuals that can help them deal with stress more effectively in order to mitigate or eliminate risks in families.
For more information about other prevention programs, please visit the following pages:
Healthy Families Click here
Regional Child Abuse Prevention Councils Click here
Safe Sleep Click here
- Parent Assistance Center at Family Involvement Center. Peer support and community referrals.
1-877-568-8468 or [email protected]. All ages. English/Spanish, M-F 830a – 5p.
- National Childhelp Hotline, 1-800-422-4453 All ages, 170 languages. Counselor support and community referrals. 24/7. childhelp.org
- Birth to 5 Helpline, 1-877-705-5437 Ages 0-5. Masters level, child development/fussy baby experts and community referrals. M-F 8a-8p.
- Now, you can have the support of the Birth to Five Helpline at the touch of your fingertips! Download the Birth to Five Helpline app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
- Parent Partners Plus. Expecting moms and ages 0-5 in Maricopa County, AZ. Call 602-633-0732 or www.parentpartnersplus.com
- Kinship Care Coalition. Anyone caring for a child for a family member. Call 888-737-7494 or [email protected] or www.azkincare.org
- 211 Arizona. All ages. Call 2-1-1 within Arizona or 877-211-8661 M-F 7a – 6p or 211arizona.org
- Find Help Phoenix- The website is divided into multiple categories of services/ resources: findhelpphx.org or email at [email protected]
- Teen Lifeline 1-800-248-TEEN (8336)
- National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-621-4000
- Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- United We Dream Hotline: This hotline provides resources and support for undocumented communities. 1-844-363-1423