Topic: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs:

Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs is defined by the CEBC as programs targeted at individuals or families which are at a high risk for maltreatment with a goal of preventing abuse or neglect from occurring. These programs may offer activities targeted to families that have one or more risk factors, including families with substance abuse or domestic violence issues, teenage parents, parents of special needs children, single parents, and low-income families. Services may include parent education and training for high-risk parents, respite care, and home visiting programs.

  • Target population: Families at high risk for abuse or neglect
  • Services/types that fit: Services include assessment, case planning, case management, education, skill building, and/or service delivery to address risk factors for maltreatment
  • Delivered by: Child welfare workers, mental health professionals, or trained paraprofessionals
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target the prevention of abuse and/or neglect in high-risk families
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines maltreatment-related outcomes, such as abuse and neglect reports and abuse-related parenting behaviors, either observed or self-reported

Why was Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs chosen as a topic by the Advisory Committee? (Click for Answer)

The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because these programs play a key role in the continuum of child welfare services. Child safety is the primary goal for child protection agencies. Per the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act "the failure to coordinate and comprehensively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect threatens the futures of thousands of children and results in a cost to the Nation of billions of dollars in tangible expenditures, as well as significant intangible costs." To prevent child abuse and neglect, or to intervene early when a situation is brought to the attention of child protection agencies, is a shared community responsibility. With the introduction and implementation of the Differential Response approach in California, information regarding proven prevention and early intervention strategies is critical to the continuation of the child welfare improvements states are seeking to achieve. Promoting safe, healthy, and nurturing environments are essential to the well-being of children and their families.

Teresa Contreras, MSW
Former CEBC Advisory Committee member

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Incredible Years, The (IY)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    Parents, teachers, and children

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) [Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs]detailed view
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    Families with children aged 0-5 years who have risk factors for child maltreatment such as parental depression or substance abuse
  • SafeCare®detailed view
    [Project SafeCare]
    Topics: Interventions for Neglect, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect, Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Interventions for Abusive Behavior
    Parents at-risk for child neglect and/or abuse and parents with a history of child neglect and/or abuse

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

  • C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support)detailed view
    ? provisional rating until: Saturday, December 17, 2016
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    Families at high risk for abuse or neglect with children aged 0-17 or a primary caregiver or caregivers of at ...
  • CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    African-American families at risk for child maltreatment
  • Combined Parent-Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT)detailed view
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect, Interventions for Abusive Behavior, Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent)
    Children ages 3-17 and their parents (or caregivers) in families where parents engage in a continuum of coercive parenting strategies ...
  • Exchange Parent Aidedetailed view
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
    Families must have at least one child age birth through 12 years in the home (services may also be offered prenatally), ...
  • Family Connections (FC)detailed view
    Topics: Casework Practice, Interventions for Neglect, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    Families at risk for child maltreatment
  • Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and their School-age Children 5 to 12 Yearsdetailed view
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect, Interventions for Abusive Behavior
    Families who have been reported to the child welfare system for child maltreatment including physical and emotional maltreatment in addition ...
  • Step-by-Step Parenting Program©detailed view
    Topics: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs, Working with Parents with Cognitive Disabilities: Programs
    Parents with learning differences whose children are at risk of being neglected due to parenting skill deficiencies including parents who ...

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated: