Building Community, Building Hope: 2016 Prevention Resource Guide from the Children’s Bureau

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Our friends at the Children’s Bureau at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services have released their 2016 Prevention Resource Guide. This year’s edition, entitled “Building Community, Building Hope,” continues the trend of previous guides and offers information, strategies, and resources to help communities support and strengthen families and promote the well-being of children and the great childhoods that all children deserve.

Brief Introduction to the 2016 Prevention Resource Guide


The 2016 Prevention Resource Guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being. However, there are still elements of this guide that can be useful for parents, child-serving professionals, and interested members of the public. The guide is broke down into 6 chapters:

Chapter 1: Approaches to Building Community and Hope

Information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, some established protective factors approaches, and how some State and local agencies are implementing protective factors approaches to create lasting change in how communities support families.

Chapter 2: Working With Families Using the Protective-Factors

Detailed information about six protective factors for preventing child maltreatment and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice with families and children.

Chapter 3: Using Protective Factors as a Framework for Your Community Partnership

Strategies to help build community awareness and support the development of broad-based, meaningful community partnerships.

Chapter 4: Protecting Children

Information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, identifying and reporting maltreatment, and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma.

Chapter 5: Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers

Strength-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in discussions or visits with caregivers, and calendars of activities to help programs, parents, and community partners celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Chapter 6: Resources

Contact information for private and Federal partners working nationally to strengthen families.

This guide contains a wealth of information that can be valuable to your community, youth-serving organization or your own interest. We are grateful to the Children’s Bureau for creating this guide and hope that you will find it useful.

Interested in learning about other topics related to our cause? Check out our Why Prevention Matters series. Or are you looking for more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month and what you can do to help?

2016 Prevention Resource Guide available online