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The Role of the CARE Network Provider with Community Partners
An important goal of the CARE Network is to expand the safety net for children and to reduce severe child maltreatment and fatalities. Quality evaluations will improve recognition of abuse; however, prevention of abuse remains an important priority. This will involve not only educating and training health care and behavioral health providers about signs that children may be at risk of maltreatment, but also the promotion of community collaboration with other agencies and institutions responsible for the health and safety of children.
As at risk children are identified, the goal of the network is to ensure that referrals to available resource are made. Additionally, as local “champions” are developed, providers will be positioned to recognize community-specific needs and lead prevention efforts. Network Designated Providers should work with existing programs, as well as build relationships with relevant medical and non-medical stakeholders. Ideally, Designated Providers will be viewed as a resource for the community, not just for evaluations but as a trusted source of information and education regarding childhood adversity. Training curricula will address how to screen and refer and will highlight the importance of working with local community partners.
An important framework to this work has been described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Child Maltreatment. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/riskprotectivefactors.html. Protective factors involve non-healthcare related issues such as housing, employment, financial supports. Parenting and childcare resources are particularly relevant.