April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. In Child Maltreatment 2015  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families , Children's Bureau ) it was reported that in FFY 2015 in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 683,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect; and 1,670 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children.
A body of research has identified factors known to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect. These factors—including parental resilience, nurturing and attachment, social connections, knowledge about parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, and concrete supports for parents—are outlined in Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2017 Resource Guide , also developed by the Children's Bureau.
In recognition of the collaborations needed to help prevent child abuse and neglect, the NCTSN has compiled a list of resources for advocates and policy makers, children and adolescents, educators, families and communities, and mental health and child welfare professionals.
Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse (2009) (PDF) 
Cuidando a los Niños: Folleto Informativo sobre el Abuso Sexual Infantil  (2012) (PDF)
Provides information on supporting children who have been abused. Includes resources for parents and teens about acquaintance rape, and tools to help youth reduce their risk for abuse. An accompanying presentation (Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse—An NCTSN Webinar) is also available through NCTSN's Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma .
Child Physical Abuse Fact Sheet  (2009) (PDF) 
Explains the prevalence and consequences of child physical abuse; offers guidance on how to recognize and help children who are being physically abused.
Physical Punishment: What Parents Should Know  (2009) (PDF) 
Provides facts on the negative impact of physical punishment and effective alternatives to physically disciplining children.
Raising Well-Behaved Kids: What Parents Should Know  (2009) (PDF) 
Offers positive, proven techniques for changing problem behaviors in children, and for setting the tone for a peaceful and happy home.
Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet for Parents, Teachers, and Other Caregivers  (2007) (PDF) 
Debunks some common myths about child sexual abuse, provides suggestions for how to respond to abuse disclosure, and offers tips to help protect children from sexual abuse.
Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (2013) (PDF) 
Designed for professionals working with children in the child welfare system who have experienced traumatic stress. Provides basic information; teaches skills and values; and provides suggestions for how to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being. Includes case analyses and corresponding interventions tailored for these children and their biological and resource (foster) families.
NCTSN Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence in Military and Veteran Families  
This series focuses on programs for military families and children that aim to prevent and intervene in cases of child abuse/neglect and domestic violence.
NCTSN Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
A series of presentations by many of the top experts in the field. Topics include engagement strategies, assessment, cultural and systems issues, and evidence-based interventions for families in which there has been known or suspected child physical abuse. Sponsored by NCTSN’s Physical Abuse Collaborative Group.
Questions & Answers About Child Physical Abuse (2008) (PDF) 
Answers from David Kolko, PhD, a Network member and child physical abuse expert, to questions commonly asked about child physical abuse.
What You Expect from Treatment: Building Strong Parent-Child Relationships  (2012) (PDF) 
Guilt, blame, and shame are natural reactions to family conflict and aggression, but these responses are not productive. This fact sheet focuses on helping families find constructive approaches to reducing family conflict focus on building stronger relationships between parents and their children.
The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect  (2003) (PDF)
A manual for teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, special education professionals, administrators, and other school personnel. Focuses on skills and programs that help educators recognize and report child maltreatment to prevent abuse and neglect from occurring, continuing, or recurring.
Speak Up Be Safe 
A new school-based child abuse prevention education program (formerly Good Touch Bad Touch) that focuses on child safety. The program is research based, and culturally and developmentally appropriate.
"Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.”
List of parenting tip sheets.
Help for Professionals 
Offers access to the National Child Abuse Hotline for professionals working with children who are being abused. Trained professional counselors are available 24/7, with communication in 140 languages through translators. All calls are anonymous and toll-free: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Callers can discuss signs and symptoms of abuse, get help on deciding a course of action to take when abuse is suspected, learn what to expect when reporting child abuse, and access contact information for local reporting agencies.
Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment  (2004) (PDF)
Provides guidelines developed by a national advisory committee of clinicians, researchers, educators, and administrators on evidence-based practices for treating children who are survivors of physical and sexual abuse. Includes a discussion of child-focused, parent-child, and family interventions; addresses treatments for offenders. Treatment of offenders is also addressed.
Emotional Child Abuse Fact Sheet  (PDF)
Defines emotional child abuse; discusses how it is identified, why it happens, and its consequences; describes potential perpetrators, victim assistance measures, and prevention efforts.
Preventing Child Emotional Abuse 
Defines emotional abuse. Discusses PCA America’s work on advocating for raising public awareness; increasing the availability of mental health services; and promoting research, training, and public education on the topic. Presents statistics on the consequences.