Over the last several decades, the field of child abuse prevention has reached the realm of common knowledge and more people know the difference between correct parenting behavior and whether parents need to seek help to be a better parent. With that said, there are still children who suffer at the hand of abuse, sometimes physically. In the case of physical abuse, serious work needs to be done in terms of prevention. This post contains current actions being taken to prevent physical abuse outlined in our newest textbook, Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention, Vol. 1.
Awareness comes from conversation about the topic, evidence and facts that the situation occurs and how it occurs, and access to information. Awareness from the public about the issue of child maltreatment, as well as policymakers and those who fund prevention programs, is at the very least a step in the right direction that will hopefully lead to change.
Accurate coverage from the media about instances of child abuse and information regarding its prevention feeds into public awareness. The more people know about the subject, the more likely they will take it to heart and have a positive, learning effect on individuals.
Parents who acknowledge, support, and apply healthy parenting skills not only avoid becoming abusers, but they set up a healthier life for their children. Often, this includes parents who do not support the use of corporal punishment and find productive ways to teach their children what to do and what not to do.
It is common knowledge that domestic violence impacts children in a number of ways, but it can also lead to physical abuse against children. Helping parents in their relationship can aid to prevention.
In addition, different programs in place have a huge impact on prevention efforts. Our new Child Maltreatment Prevention set provides further information on this topic and many other prevention practices.
If you are someone who helps those who have experienced abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, our books can offer valuable information to you in your work. For more information on what we do, check out our website or subscribe to our newsletter.