CHILD NEGLECT is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment, with serious and long-term consequences. It is also the least clearly defined, understood and publicly recognized.


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Neglect Prevention Initiative

Preventing Child Neglect: It’s More than a Family Matter

Neglect Defined

boyChild neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment, with serious and long-term consequences. It is also the least clearly defined, understood and publicly recognized. The Alliance, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is conducting a targeted effort to raise the visibility of this issue and expand the national conversation about preventing neglect.

The work builds on the Alliance’s extensive work to promote the Protective Factors framework, key informant interviews, research findings reported in the literature and other strategies for identifying what works. Numerous materials document the work thus far and provide background for this national conversation.

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Executive Summary

Executive Summary: Preventing Child Neglect – It’s More than a Family Matter. This report is a synthesis of the knowledge, viewpoints, and observations of 22 key informants on the prevention of child neglect. The diverse group of key informants represents varied perspectives and expertise from across the prevention field. Interview questions addressed each level of the social-ecological model: child/individual, family/relationship, community/neighborhood and societal.

Findings of the Key Informant Interviews

In their Own Words: Sharing the Findings of Key Informant Interviews on the Prevention of Child Neglect. (Research Review [2013], Vol.3, Issue 1, pp. 16–26) This Research Review article provides a selected snapshot of the findings of the 22 key informant interviews expressed in their own words.



The Key Informant Interview Method

The Research Savvy Practitioner: Key Informant Interviews. (Research Review [2013], Vol.3, Issue 1, pp. 9–15) This regular feature of the Research Review discusses the qualitative research method referred to as key informant interviews that was used in the data collection of information for the Alliance’s Child Neglect Prevention Initiative. The article details this methodology, its advantages and limitations and the interpretation of results

Understanding Neglect

Understanding Neglect within an Ecological System and the Role of Protective and Risk Factors. This graphic identifies the protective and risk factors that impact child neglect. These factors are associated with one of more of the four levels of the socio-ecological system – the child/individual, family/relationship, community/neighborhood and society levels.