ERIC Number: ED444044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Building Safe and Strong Communities through Collaboration.
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (DHHS/ACF), Washington, DC.
Much-needed initiatives to treat the immediate and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect are costly. To address steadily growing needs cost-effectively, federal programs increasingly require community agencies to collaborate in providing services to children, youth, and families. Moreover, policymakers increasingly aim to capture the social and economic benefits of preventing abuse and neglect by supporting programs designed to strengthen families and communities. Many agencies and organizations have responded to community needs and funding requirements by forming partnerships and coalitions to coordinate service delivery. Building a viable partnership requires long-term planning and a clear vision of what promoting shared goals can mean to community agencies, organizations, and residents. Initial hesitancies can be overcome through diligence and delivery of a consistent, positive message about what the prevention partnership can accomplish for the total community. Child abuse and neglect prevention programs are in a perfect position to reach out to other organizations, agencies, and community members in collaborative ventures. The key element of successful collaborations is building trust and inclusiveness. The most important tasks for these partnerships are: community assessment, goal setting, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. (Contains 13 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (DHHS/ACF), Washington, DC.