The Eastern Regional Prevention Plan communicates the Regional Prevention Council’s strategies and funding requests for preventing child abuse and neglect in the 10 counties of Eastern Ohio.
The plan also summarizes the factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Eastern Ohio and the most pressing needs for families, which were identified during the needs assessment process.
Eastern Ohio Risk Factors
The working group identified these risk factors influencing child abuse and neglect in Eastern Ohio:
- Lack of quality public transportation
- Lack of quality childcare
- Capacity or willingness of parents/caregivers to nurture and attach to child
- Physical, emotional, and economic well-being of families
The Eastern Ohio Regional Prevention Plan identifies three main prevention strategies for funding.
Provide High Quality Care and Education Early in Life
This strategy involves providing training and assistance to unlicensed and licensed family childcare providers and licensed childcare centers with a goal of increasing the number of available childcare providers.
The program includes:
- Consultation and training to unlicensed and licensed childcare providers to help them to deliver programs that promote children’s learning and development, and are delivered in a safe and healthy environment.
- Evidence-based, best practice curriculums.
- Consultation and training to help family, friend, and neighbor childcare providers to become and stay licensed.
- Consultation and training to licensed day care facilities to enhance their quality of care.
- A focus on recruitment and retention: Innovative methods are needed to make programming accessible to the target population through outreach and addressing barriers (e.g. convenient time and location) to participation.
Provide Mentoring Services to Youth to Promote Positive Social and Emotional Development
This strategy involves providing mentoring to children and teens to help them with difficulties they face at home, school, and in the community. A mentor provides a young person with someone outside the family who cares about them and assures them that they are not alone in meeting daily challenges and makes them feel like they matter.
The program includes:
- Development or incorporation of group programs and activities in the community that encourage positive social-emotional development and provides opportunities for youth to connect with mentors.
- Emotional support to children and adolescents so they can develop decision-making skills that lead to success at home, in school, and in the workplace.
Deliver a Universal Prevention Awareness Campaign
This strategy involves working to change social norms to support positive parenting, and promote knowledge of parenting and child development.
Components of the campaign include:
- Child abuse and neglect prevention messaging to promote protective factors and to provide support to caregivers so they can effectively nurture and protect children.
- Evidence-based, best practice messaging/campaign methods.
- Consideration of community readiness to change behavior (as assessed through focus groups and/or surveys).
- A focus on reaching rural population: Innovative methods are needed to make messaging accessible to target population.
- Identification of the strategies/services available in the region.
Another part of the plan identifies ways to include parental involvement in prevention activities in the region. Those include:
- Promoting opportunities for involvement and trainings through the Region’s Facebook page
- Creating a directory of parental involvement opportunities
- Inviting parents to participate in focus groups about campaign messaging
- Inviting parents to participate in work group meetings and conference calls
- Soliciting parent feedback on reports submitted by grantees
- Encouraging parents to apply to be Regional Council members
- Including parents in site visits