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On April 25, 2021, the SE & SW IPN launched a national survey to better understand our country’s current child abuse and neglect prevention landscape. This survey was conducted by our SE & SW IPN Senior Fellow, Rachel Kappel.

While the public may typically view the child abuse and neglect response as the responsibility of child protective services, public health departments also play an important role in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Therefore, this survey was administered to representatives from state and local health departments to identify how health agencies are using evidence-based practices to mitigate risk and promote protective factors with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect, fostering healthy child development, and enhancing family resiliency. Representatives from health departments will also be asked to identify existing barriers in surveillance, evaluation, and resource allocation that may be limiting the current capacity. This study also presented exploratory data about community-based organizations to highlight existing capacity and barriers to community-based child abuse and neglect prevention across the country.

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