Partners in Prevention
Partners in Prevention is a unique model of communities working together to strengthen families and help West Virginia’s children grow up free from abuse and neglect.
This model is based on the belief that child well-being hinges on the capacity of local communities to support families and protect children. Partners in Prevention (PIP) teams focus on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). At the foundation of this approach are five protective factors that make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. The protective factors include:
- Parental Resilience
- Social Connections
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Concrete Support in Times of Need
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children
The Partners in Prevention network is comprised of 42 community teams across West Virginia implementing various community projects and working together to keep children safe. They offer family support, resource distribution, educational workshops, and referral to other services when needed.
Participating PIP teams receive annual grants to conduct local projects that strengthen families, protect children, and engage the public in these efforts.
The goals of the teams are to:
- Raise awareness about the prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Develop and expand effective services that prevent or reduce child maltreatment
- Inform policymakers about best practices in the prevention of child abuse and neglect
The Partners in Prevention Community Grants are supported by The West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund and the WV Department of Health and Human Resources.