For decades, the research dollars committed to addressing child abuse and neglect have paled compared to those dedicated to other less prevalent causes of death for children. Furthermore, even current research funding does very little to support outcomes research to help us understand the long-term impacts of maltreatment and of current interventions.
Drive investment in research through strategic partnerships with voluntary health agencies, research grants for young investigators, and a competition to identify ways to disrupt the research field.
- Cultivating partnerships to jointly fund research on diseases related to child abuse such as diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, lung and liver and suicide.
- Conducted a disruption paper competition to identify ways to dramatically disrupt the research field for child abuse and neglect.
- Issuing grants for pediatric fellows to support research in the field.
There is a lack of information across all sectors for those who interact/engage with children and families. There is no common language and little to no dollars spent on increasing specialists in the child abuse fields.
Educating and Training all professionals and people who interact & engage with children and families on base line knowledge and language. Increase funding to support education for specialists within the field to help inform, lead and guide the field toward ending child abuse.
Support the dissemination of education programs that lead to common language, understanding and needs of children and families, to reduce child abuse and works as a prevention tool.
The current child welfare system seeks to address child abuse and neglect through reactive—rather than proactive-approaches. Although there are a number of evidence-based approaches to preventing child abuse and organizations that specialize in this work, these approaches are not scaled nationwide or viewed as the default for combatting abuse and neglect.
Support the move from a reactive approach to a proactive one by implementing evidence-based prevention programs on a broader scale.
• Conducted a disruption paper competition to identify ways to dramatically disrupt the prevention field for child abuse and neglect.
• Launched an online resource center for survivors, parents, and professionals on topics such as how to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, what to do if it has occurred.
• Launched a survivor’s platform for sharing and uniting voices.
• Hosting convening with national organizations to discuss collaboration, partnership and eliminating the siloed within the field.
One of the biggest barriers for efforts to combat child abuse and neglect is the social stigma that surrounds this issue. Many survivors feel that they are somehow to blame for what happened to them and don’t know where to turn for help. At the same time, those who commit abuse and neglect are reviled rather than being treated with compassion and a recognition that abusers are made, not born.
Reduce the stigma of abuse and neglect so we can bring these issues out in the open and work together to drive positive solutions by changing the conversation about abuse and neglect from being seen solely as a legal and social issue to also the mental health, phsyical health and public health problem that it is.
• Launched three public awareness campaigns: #GiveFive, Louder Than Silence, and We Are All Survivors.
• Develop and disseminate messaging on how child abuse
and neglect affects everyone.
• Launched an online resource center featuring stories from survivors.
• Ongoing speeches by EndCAN leaders to raise awareness and empower the public to be part of the change.
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