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Published on: 5/13/2020 9:31 AM
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SUPPORTING STRONG & HEALTHY COMMUNITITES

Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services Prevention Bureau collaborates, educates, and advocates through community-focused programs and policies to prevent maltreatment and entry into foster care, and reduce disproportionality of populations overrepresented in the child welfare system. The initiative focuses on 6 zip codes with high rates of referral and case openings for General Neglect within Santa Clara County. The initiative aims to create safe, supportive & self-sufficient communities where families and children have access to basic necessities to mitigate the need for Child Welfare intervention.

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PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Collaboration & Teaming

Supports

Partner with community stakeholders to increase capacity for community-led prevention programs.

Goals

  • Prevention team becomes an integral part of community efforts in order to promote the work, listen to community voice, identify needs, and share resources.
  • Community based organizations are supported to ensure that families are served/have appropriate community based resources.
  • Community and staff have greater knowledge of community resources to ensure that families are linked to culturally appropriate community based resources

Education & Training

Supports

Ensure that relevant information is imparted to community.

Goals

  • Mandated reporters are informed of the parameters of reporting maltreatment through multiple mediums.
  • Internal & external community partners are informed of the intersection & differences of situations of poverty, general neglect, and disproportionality.
  • Healthy parenting and resiliency programs are promoted in communities to ensure that families have adaptive skills to persevere in stressful times.

Advocacy & Systems Change

Supports

Policies support prevention efforts.

Goals

  • Community voice is integrated into prevention program design/implementation that support the needs of families.
  • Prevention staff partner with internal and external leaders to ensure funding is available to support prevention efforts.
  • Contracts utilize braided & tiered funding strategies to ensure sustainability of efforts.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT HOTLINE

1-833-SCC-KIDS (722-5437)

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Download the Child Abuse Prevention Brochure here:
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The following are online resources that may be helpful for mandated reporters.

Resources provided by the Mandated Reporter Training Site

Publications

We suggest the following publications for more information about child abuse.

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