Partners in Prevention is a statewide initiative that focuses on innovative and effective strategies that build strong families and communities in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. This approach is built on collaboration between community groups, state and local organizations, and local teams conducting local projects to strengthen families, protect children, and engage the public in their efforts. Through educated workshops, networking, and mini-grants, the goals of the teams are:
- raise awareness about the prevention of child abuse and neglect
- develop and expand effective services that prevent or reduce child maltreatment
- inform policymakers about best practices in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The 5 Protective Factors
Partners in Prevention works to build “Circles of Caring” around families, otherwise known as the 5 Protective Factors:
- Parental Resilience – The ability to cope and bounce back from challenges.
- Social Connections – Friends, family, neighbors, and others who provide emotional support and assistance.
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development – Accurate information about raising children & appropriate expectations for their behavior.
- Concrete Support in Times of Need – Being able to cover day-to-day expenses and unexpected costs, and access to support structures such as health services, counseling, and social services.
- Children’s Social and Emotional Development – A child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions effectively.
Every April during Child Abuse Prevention Month, CCFRN and many partner organizations around the state plant “pinwheel gardens” in their communities to celebrate the good things our communities do to promote healthy child development.
The pinwheel is the symbol of hope for great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.
Click here to read more & view “pinwheel gardens” a photo gallery.
A variety of tip sheets and resources for Child Abuse Prevention Month can be downloaded from the Prevent Child Abuse WV website.
2016-2017 Grant – Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime
Cabell County “Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime” promotes children growing up in safe, healthy, nurturing environments. Strategies are:
- Campaign via partner development to raise awareness of the importance of the First 1000 Days through “Pinwheels Gardens” that emphasize what children need for a good start in life.
- Promotion of health, safety, prevention, and community resources to support families.
- Training through creative methods to promote early brain development and the impact of protective factors in mitigating risk factors by conducting agency staff and volunteer training on protective factor and pro-social skills for preschoolers.
2015-2016 Grant – Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime
“Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime” is the name of a grant awarded to Partners in Prevention to support and expand their program in Cabell County. The grant was used to fund:
- Promotion of health, safety, prevention & community resources to support families to schools, early care, education, home visitation, mental health, health, social services & churches though mail, email & social media
- Partner development to engage businesses & collaborative networks, raise awareness using “Pinwheels Gardens” & family friendly strategies
- Parent & Community education by sharing parenting tips with businesses & programs so families have the information & support they need to give children a good start.
To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse WV or Partners in Prevention, visit their website – http://www.preventchildabusewv.org/partners-in-prevention.html