Prevention Efforts

The ultimate purpose of child fatality review is to keep kids alive. By understanding how and why children die, our communities can take action to prevent other similar deaths. Local review teams should make sure that every child death that could have been prevented makes a difference in the lives of other children. The review of each child death concludes with a discussion of how to prevent another death in the community. Local teams can focus their discussion on short- and long-term interventions relating to policy, programs, and practice. Teams are not expected to design and implement recommendations; reviews are intended to catalyze community action. Teams should identify the best way to translate prevention recommendations into action. 

The key to good prevention is leadership at the local level. Local review team members can provide this leadership by serving as catalysts for community action. Prevention efforts can range from simply changing one agency practice or policy, to more complex interventions like intensive home visitation programs for high-risk parents.

Locals teams can utilize the CFPS Prevention Guidance to develop prevention recommendations across the social ecological model

To assist local review teams with the development of these efforts, local, state, and national programs are available. Such programs address specific prevention needs for the health, safety and well‑being of children and families. Available in both the public and private sectors, these programs can be sponsored by religious, community, professional, and/or government organizations. Some are short‑term projects with temporary funding; others are established programs with documented results and proven track records.

Focusing on prevention is how your team will find meaning and purpose over the long haul.  The CFPS support staff developed tools using the public health framework for prevention to help you identify preventive action that can be taken at all levels of the social ecology.  These tools will lead you through the process of formulating effective recommendations, identifying key individuals, and following up on recommendations for preventive action. Prevention tools and resources under this tab are available for the following topic areas: 
To learn about upcoming trainings and webinars, visit the VIPrevention Network Training Calendar.

In addition, the Children's Safety Network has great resources, prevention efforts, new articles, and a weekly newsletter of hot topics about injury and violence prevention.

Do you have prevention efforts that you'd like to update us on? Go to the Prevention Tracking page to fill out a quick form.