Child Abuse Prevention collageSpecial Feature: Child Abuse

Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child (Office for Victims of Crime: Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, retrieved March 2015).

In ensuring the protection and welfare of children, the Federal Government has concentrated on three primary goals: safety, permanency, and well-being for abused and neglected children. The Government has led efforts to ensure that child welfare agencies, courts, and other stakeholders work together to achieve these worthy goals (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, 2009).

Each year, April is designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. In recognition of the importance of ensuring child safety and welfare, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and resources. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Child Abuse" to learn more: