The Southeast Ohio Regional Prevention Plan communicates the Regional Prevention Council’s strategies and funding requests for preventing child abuse and neglect in Southeast Ohio.
The plan also summarizes the factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Southeast Ohio and the most pressing needs for families, which were identified during the needs assessment process.
The Southeast Ohio plan identified the prevalence of substance abuse and mental health issues for caregivers as it relates to day to day struggles and poverty, caregivers’ nurturing and attachment skills, parent/caregiver resiliency, and the challenging behaviors of children as issues of highest concern in the region.
Southeast Ohio Risk Factors
The working group identified these risk factors influencing child abuse and neglect in Southeast Ohio:
- Inadequate housing and homelessness
- Poor schools
- Inadequate or non-existent social supports
- Food instability
- Mental health issues
- Substance abuse
- Physical or mental health disabilities among children
- Unmet basic needs among children
Prevention Strategies for Southeast Ohio
The Southeast Ohio Regional Prevention Plan identifies three main prevention strategies for funding.
Strengthening Parenting Skills to Promote Healthy Child Development
This strategy involves implementing parenting skills training programs to give parents the support to effectively manage family relationships and children’s behavior. Training would be based on evidence and best practices.
Professional Development Pertaining to the Effects of Trauma and Addiction and How to Support Families so Children Can Thrive
This strategy provides for professional development opportunities for regional professionals, as well as those who care for children, to be knowledgeable about the day to day challenges in caring for or serving children and families impacted by trauma and addiction. Recognizing that many resources are directed towards treatment of addiction and trauma, a need was identified to increase the knowledge of and support for providers and those who care for children.
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. It would include a focus on innovative methods for reaching rural populations.
Another part of the plan identifies a goal to engage parents as partners and advocates on the Southeast Ohio Regional Prevention Council. The plan identifies the following activities to engage parents:
- Providing feedback on programs
- Participating in Regional Council meetings
- Participating in work group meetings
- Reviewing funding proposals
- Providing feedback on the prevention plan
- Reviewing outreach messaging and materials
- Reviewing and assessing outcome reports submitted by grantees
- Participating in the development of the awareness campaign
- Participate in trainings