• November 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 8

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Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: Network for Action

Contributed by Linda Baker, Program Director for the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
On June 21-22, 2011, a network of 450 people with a common interest in the prevention of child maltreatment and the promotion of child and family well-being met in Alexandria, VA, at the first Network for Action meeting. The meeting was sponsored by the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), in collaboration with other organizations that support prevention efforts. Both the creation of the network and the design of the meeting were driven by three specific goals: 

  • Developing a shared vision. All parties contributed to a vision for the future that imbues the work of each network member with common purpose and enhances collaborative efforts at the Federal, State, and local levels. A vision video was created at the meeting: http://www.friendsnrc.org/network-for-action/266-vision-video
  • Engaging in shared action. Breaking traditional barriers to collaboration, the meeting was designed to form teams and partnerships to advance one (or more) of several strategic projects. Each project was designed to move away from conditions of risk of child maltreatment and toward conditions promoting well-being. These ongoing projects are of national significance: http://www.friendsnrc.org/strategic-projects
  • Developing and strengthening networks of partners at the State and Federal levels. Strengthened partnerships will sustain the Network for Action and begin a collaborative journey that is expected to go on for years. A social networking site was designed to continue the dialogue started at the meeting and to engage new members in the discussion: http://networkforaction.ning.com

The following organizations are just some of those collaborating with OCAN on the Network for Action:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention’s Knowledge to Action (K2A) Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium Leadership Group
  • The FRIENDS National Resource Center

Visit the Network for Action webpage on the FRIENDS website:


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