Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure all children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood Framework[PDF 5.5MB] proposes strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.
The Essentials for Childhood Framework is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The framework has four goal areas and suggests steps based on best available evidence to achieve each goal. While child abuse and neglect is a significant public health problem, it is also a preventable one. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood Framework — along with your commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.
CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is funding five state health departments in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Washington to implement the four strategies in the Essentials for Childhood Framework using a collective impact process. CDC also offers technical assistance and training to many other states that do not receive CDC funding but are engaged at varying levels in implementing the Essentials for Childhood Framework. Specifically, state health departments
- Coordinate and manage existing and new partnerships with other child abuse and neglect prevention organizations and non-traditional partners
- Work with partners to identify and align strategies across sectors
- Identify, coordinate, monitor and report on the strategies implemented by multi-sector partners
- Document state-level impact of these efforts
- Essentials for Childhood Framework: Fact Sheet
- Essentials for Childhood: Steps to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children[PDF 5.5MB] is CDC’s framework that presents steps to reach the four goals.
- Materials to support implementation of the Essentials for Childhood Framework.
- Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments[PDF 345KB], introduces how to raise awareness and build commitment for safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
- Promoting Positive Community Norms provides a guide to creating community norms that increase understanding and promotion of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families.
- Boost Your Competitive Edge: Actions for a Healthy, Productive Workforce[PDF 939KB] outlines actions employers can take to ensure that today’s children grow up to be healthy employees and citizens.
- Suggested Practices for Journalists Reporting on Child Abuse and Neglect[PDF 2.65MB] explains how journalists can impact prevention by expanding the focus of stories about physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of children to include information on the causes of the problem and ways to prevent it.
- Children Benefit When Parents Have Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments
- Slides from Webinar, 2013[PDF 555KB] about the Essentials for Childhood Framework.
The Public Health Leadership (PHL) Initiative toolkit for child abuse and neglect prevention was developed to help state health departments promote and enhance child maltreatment prevention efforts. The toolkit and related resources, videos, and expert commentaries are available on VetoViolence.
- Understanding Child Maltreatment Fact Sheet[PDF 178KB]
This fact sheet provides a basic overview of child abuse and neglect. It is intended for the general public.
- Child Maltreatment Facts at a Glance[PDF 113KB]
This fact sheet provides up-to-date data and statistics on child abuse and neglect.
- Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities[PDF 3.69MB]
- Better Start: Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority[PDF 703KB]
- Learn More about CDC’s Role in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.
- Take the “I VetoViolence Pledge” to prevent child abuse and neglect.