Each year, abuse and neglect harm millions of children. Family relationships also suffer, and communities experience the increasing financial burden of addressing the consequences of child maltreatment. The good news is we can help. Strategies and programs exist that can prevent child maltreatment, before it happens.
Child Abuse and Neglect
Relationships and environments where children are nurtured and safe help them become healthy and productive adults. Prevention resources, such as Essentials for Childhood, can help communities promote positive environments and relationships.
Child maltreatment includes harm to a child in the form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect. Increased awareness and education about the issue can help communities prevent it before it happens.