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Preventing child maltreatment is a multifaceted issue, therefore the policy response should adopt a broad yet integrated approach to child, family, and community services that reduces risk and increases protective factors. There is no silver bullet to reducing maltreatment, but there are multiple opportunities for making a difference. The policy challenges are to match effective strategies with actual need, and to set clear expectations for outcomes based on the evidence of what is achievable.


What Can Policymakers Do?

  • Strengthen communities: Improve families’ access to needed services by building and strengthening community capacity and service delivery infrastructure.

Court systems can be agents of change by instilling a sense of urgency on behalf of children in their own processes and in the agencies connected to them. The Court Improvement Program administered by the Children's Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services.