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The article describes the fundamentals of a public health approach; discusses how this approach has been applied to improve surveillance of serious maltreatment injuries and fatalities, the understanding of risk and protective factors, and the long-term consequences of maltreatment; and describes how a public health approach is an effective means to prevention. 

This article addresses our current approach to child welfare and the need to move to a transformed child welfare system that shifts the focus of child safety from intervention to prevention and seeks to support and serve all families so that every child can thrive. 

This report incorporates a public health approach to child safety that engages a broad spectrum of community agencies and systems to identify, test, and evaluate strategies to prevent harm to children.

This evaluation brief offers insights on the learning that took place during the planning year of the Child Safety Forward initiative. It identifies four opportunities for the field that, when addressed, will accelerate the advancement of a 21st-century child and family well-being system.  

Child Maltreatment 2020 presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services (CPS) agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2020. The data are collected and analyzed through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS).

This study used existing data systems, primarily birth data, and previous parental involvement with CPS, to prevent infant maltreatment and ensure child protection. While computing technology and predictive analysis are instrumental in preventing child maltreatment, their effective usage depends on important ethical considerations, including fairness, accountability, and transparency in machine learning (FAT/ML).

Child Maltreatment 2020 presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services (CPS) agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2020. The data are collected and analyzed through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS).

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This article explores child maltreatment using alternative sources and population-based data, including maltreatment data, emergency, hospitalization records, and death certificates. In addition, this study shows how integrating CPS data with medical records and other social service sectors can improve the accuracy of CPS decision-making.

This report explores the use of mobile technologies in Washington to ensure data privacy, increase access from social workers and parents to children in foster care and facilitate child welfare agency operations.

This slide deck summarizes Chapin Halls's work on leveraging economic supports to prevent child maltreatment and promote family well-being.

This article from 2017 published by the National Institute of Health details how the evidence supports the use of concrete support for families in increasing child safety and family service engagement.

This brief summarizes the historical policy context and provides an overview of policy, programmatic, analytic, and engagement strategies for leveraging economic supports to promote child and family well-being and prevent maltreatment.

This article from 2017 published by the National Institute of Health details how the evidence supports the use of concrete support for families in increasing child safety and family service engagement.

This report depicts the racial inequalities in foster care and provides recommendations to remove those disparities including promoting nuanced data (mandate the collection of data by race, ethnicity, gender and age, invest in longitudinal data collection), developing evidence base for policies and programs, and supporting cross-system collaboration.

This article published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details how in partnership with the state of North Carolina they implemented the Essentials for Childhood Initiative. This paper describes North Carolina's approach to the initiative, how the initiative identified stakeholders and developed a shared agenda, how the workgroups operated and what they achieved, communication strategies implemented, and other accomplishments achieved.

This website gives details on North Carolina’s Essentials for Childhood initiative that promotes strategies for communities to enhance relationships and environments that help children grow up to become healthy, productive citizens.

This article addresses the need for system reform and calls for collaboration to advance prevention goals, underscoring the need to trade reactive, deficit-oriented strategies for those that are proactive, empowering, and strengths-based. 

This guide reviews child welfare, substance use disorder services, and courts to support cross-system coordination within state, county, and tribal jurisdictions. It considers the framework, population, legislation, funding sources, and services for each system. 

These advocacy tools are provided by Child Safety Forward, a national initiative funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Within Our Reach to reduce child abuse and neglect fatalities and injuries through a collaborative, community-based approach. 

This study assesses the implementation of the birth match and integration of birth records, child welfare involvement, and fatalities and case reviews in four states: Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Texas. The birth match intervention allows officials to match newborns' birth records to parents who have a history of child abuse in real-time.