Read about the value of collaboration as the key to prevention, safety, and long-term stability for children and families.
Provides research, evidence, and data on the shortcomings of the current reactive child welfare system design in preventing child abuse and neglect and the value of collaboration as the key to prevention, safety, and long-term stability for children and families. The research also draws connections between investment in prevention and the reduction of inequities within the system. Child welfare leaders and managers can use this literature review to learn about the evidence for system change and build understanding among staff and partners. Data on the financial, health, and social costs and long-term effects of not preventing child abuse and neglect can make the case for change to legislators and other stakeholders. The publication is part of the Visioning for Prevention: Protecting Children Through Strengthening Families collection of resources.