The Western Ohio Regional Prevention Plan communicates the Regional Prevention Council’s strategies and funding requests for preventing child abuse and neglect in the 13 counties of Western Ohio.
The plan also summarizes the factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Western Ohio and the most pressing needs for families, which were identified during the needs assessment process.
Western Ohio Areas of Concern
The working group identified four primary areas of concern affecting child abuse and neglect in the region. Those include:
- Domestic violence
- Adult behavioral health, including substance abuse and/or mental illness
- Physical, cognitive, and social development of children
- Emotional and behavioral problems experienced by children
Prevention Strategies for Western Ohio
The Western Ohio Regional Prevention Plan identifies four main prevention strategies for funding.
Provide Parent Education and Support
This strategy involves providing targeted education to specified groups of parents to help build protective factors. Parents who will receive education include:
- Parents of newborns about the normalcy of infant crying, coping strategies, and developing a specific plan for ensuring infant safety during high-stress incidents of infant crying.
- Pregnant women, women who have just given birth, and their partners will be targeted as a result of relationships built with birthing hospitals, home visiting programs, prenatal clinics, and other services.
- Other parents will be targeted and offered parent education and support with the objective to build protective factors, including teen parents, parents of children under age 6, parents of children with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities.
Promote Emotional and Social Competence in Children
This strategy involves teaching children to interact positively with others and to better communicate their emotions, thereby assisting them in regulating their emotions. Parents also can gain knowledge of parenting and child development through the curriculum.
Provide Trauma-Informed Care Training
This strategy involves providing trauma informed care professional education to service providers who work with at-risk populations. Professionals trained through this strategy will use trauma-informed knowledge in their work with clients to improve adults’ abilities to parent children without abuse and neglect.
Another part of the plan identifies that the Regional Prevention Council will work with established parent advisory groups and service providers in the region to communicate about potential service needs or to provide feedback to questions.