A special issue of the International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, (ed. Lonne, Herrenkohl, Higgins, Klika & Scott, 2022) highlights advances in child maltreatment public health prevention. The special issue synthesises current research and offers new insights in work from the fields of psychology, behavioural sciences, implementation science, economics and public policy. It covers a breadth of ideas and perspectives on the complex environments in which prevention strategies have been situated, and their implementation.
The editors asked authors to locate the initiatives and programs they focused on within a framework of the six core components of a public health approach outlined in the chapter they wrote "Core Components of Public Health Approaches to Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect" in the book Handbook of Child Maltreatment (2022). These core components include population-wide prevention strategies to address known risks, using evidence-based interventions, leveraging existing universal service delivery platforms as the springboard for additional targeted services. This multi-faceted approach can facilitate and improve child outcomes.
The articles in this special issue throw light on how systems can become more responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations, and demonstrate initiatives and programs within the framework of the core components of a public health approach:
Higgins, D., Lonne, B., Scott, D., Herrenkohl, T. & Klika, B. (2022). Core Components of Public Health Approaches to Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. In R. Krugman, & J. Korbin, (Eds.) Handbook of Child Maltreatment (Ch 22), 2nd Edition. Springer.
Lonne, B., Herrenkohl, T.I., Higgins, D.J., Klika, J. B. & Scott, D. (2022). Issue editors of International Journal on Child Maltreatment.
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