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
In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, 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. Click here to join prevention events in your community!
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.