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New Jersey Standards for Prevention Program

The Importance of Prevention

Child welfare and other state systems of service have tremendous potential to bring about family and community well-being by supporting and strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. The factors that put families at risk of abuse and neglect are well-known. State and local systems as well as community partnerships can be powerful forces in ameliorating these risks. The effectiveness of prevention approaches is also well-known; they enable all systems to better accomplish their goals for improving child, family, and community outcomes. Effective prevention programs, services, and strategies enhance family functioning by reducing risk and building protective factors.

Standards for New  Jersey Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs

New Jersey’s Standards for Prevention Programs outline essential elements for highly effective, strength-based, primary and secondary prevention programs. Since 2003, New Jersey’s child maltreatment and family support programs have been guided by these standards. In 2013, these Standards were revised to reflect the latest practice research. There was a strong commitment to assist programs in conducting an objective self-assessment and program improvement plan to ensure that these prevention standards were applied to everyday practice with families.

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To identify areas of strength in New Jersey programs and to reinforce areas of improvement in prevention work, the Division of Family and Community Partnerships (DFCP) at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) partnered with the Institute for Families (IFF) in 2015 to conduct an inventory of current practices and provide further training and support in embedding these standards across the state’s network of prevention programs. This work was supported with funds from the Children’s Trust Fund under priorities established in collaboration with the Prevention Committee of the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Initiative created several educational tools in Prevention. Click below to view them:

Web-Based Training for Parents and Professionals


20 Ways Your Community Programs Build Strong, Healthy and Nurturing Families


Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey’s Standards for Prevention Webinar Series

Needs Assessment and Training Initiative: Summary of IFF Activities


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