Prevention Tips


1.    Know the warning signs of abuse, and report it.  

If you suspect child abuse, please call 1-800-362-2178.

2.    Be a nurturing parent.

3.    Reach out to your neighbors.

4.    Take part in prevention efforts.

5.    Help strengthen your community.

6.    Protect your child from abuse.


Protective Factors:

Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business and we can all play a part in preventing child abuse by strengthening families and communities. What can we do to better protect our children and strengthen families in our community?  Research has shown that five important factors protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect.

  • Nurturing and attachment: A child’s early experience of being nurtured and developing a bind with caring adults affects all aspects of behavior and development.  When parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one another, children develop trust that their parents will provide what they need to thrive, including love, acceptance, positive guidance and protection.
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development: Discipline is both more effective and more nurturing when parents know how to set and enforce limits and encourage appropriate behaviors based on the child’s age and level of development. Parents who understand how children grow and develop can provide an environment where children can live up to their potential.
  • Parental resilience: Resilience is the ability to handle everyday stressors and recover from occasional crisis.  Parents who are emotionally resilient have  a positive attitude, creatively problem solve, effectively address challenges, and are less likely to direct anger and frustration at their children
  • Social connections: Evidence links social isolation and perceived lack of support to child maltreatment. Trusted and caring family and friends provide emotional support to parents by offering encouragement and assistance in facing the daily challenges of raising a family.
  • Concrete supports for parents: Many factors beyond the parent child relationship affect a family’s ability to care for their children Parents need basic resources such as food, clothing, housing, transportation and access to essential services that address family-specific needs such as childcare, health and mental health care ) to ensure the health and well being of their children.


What It Takes To Be a Nurturing Parent

Begin today by being a positive parent or caretaker and help other family members, friends, and neighbors be positive parents too.
Be a nurturing parent and make children a priority.
Show and tell your children that you love them everyday.
Let your children know you are happy to be with them.
Give children the sense of security, belonging and support.
Catch your children being good and give them lots of praise.

Really listen to your children.
Give children your undivided attention when they are talking. Be patient and remember that children move at a different pace when they tell a story about their day.

Spend time with your children.
Make some special time for each of your children. Play with them, talk with them, and read with them.
Keep your promises.
Let your children help with household projects.
Tell your children about your own childhood.
Go to the zoo, museums and ball games as a family.
Make and fly a kite together.
Play outside, play a board game, do an art project or other creative activity.

Set a good example.
Use good manners.
Set clear, consistent limits.
Consider how your decisions will affect your children.
Open a savings account for college education.
Resolve conflicts quickly.
Take your children to your place of worship.
Allow yourself a time-out when needed and do something for yourself.

Reach out to other family members, friends and neighbors
Isolation is often a contributing factor to child abuse. Lack of a support system and the feelings of being stressed and alone can intensify problems. Talk to family, friends and neighbors about parenting.
Join a parent support group.
Get involved in something where you can socialize with other parents.

Take part in Prevention Efforts
Raise awareness, become an advocate, volunteer, make a donation.



Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County
P.O. Box 417
Indianola, Iowa  50125
(515) 971-2977

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