Welcome to Talking About Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (revised) – a toolkit compendium of research on how Americans think about child development and how to increase public support for policies that support prevention and intervention policies that reduce child abuse and neglect.
Inside this toolkit you will find applications materials, based on the research findings, that can help engage the public in understanding early child development as it applies to child abuse and neglect prevention, understanding potential policy directions, supporting solutions to pressing problems, and improving how others are talking about child abuse and neglect. This toolkit was developed by the FrameWorks Institute and is split up into three sections: the Message Memos, Research Reports, and Applications.
- Summary Message Memo (2009)
This message memo incorporates additional quantitative research into revised and expanded communications recommendations.
- Making the Public Case for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (2004)
This message memo synthesizes the first set of qualitative research findings and recommends strategies to communication more effectively about child abuse and neglect.
- Framing Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects of Early Childhood Development Experimental Research (2009)
A report summarizing results from the latest iteration of FrameWorks experimental research focusing specifically on outcomes related to policies and programs associated with prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect as well as additional policies associated with improving children’s healthy development, family assets, education and mental health.
- Discipline and Development: A Meta-Analysis of Public Perceptions of Parents, Parenting, Child Development and Child Abuse (2003)
A report reviewing PCA America’s research on child abuse, as well as existing, publicly available opinion research regarding parenting, child development, child abuse and discipline, and the political landscape for child abuse prevention policies.
- How the News Frames Child Maltreatment: Unintended Consequences (2003)
A report summarizing some of the major patterns in news coverage of child maltreatment – the key narratives, frames and causal stories that are conveyed to the public on the issue.
- Two Cognitive Obstacles to Preventing Child Abuse: The ‘Other Mind’ Mistake and the ‘Family Bubble’(2003)
A report on a series of cognitive interviews that identifies two common mistakes in thinking that the public makes about child abuse prevention, and recommendations on how to overcome them.
- Developing Community Connections: Qualitative Research Regarding Framing Policies (2003)
A report of findings from focus groups designed to test the impact of four frames about child abuse and neglect: Child Abuse, Parenting, Child Development, and Community.
This section provides a variety of framing tools intended to help advocates apply the framing research on preventing child abuse and neglect to daily practice.
- Elements of the Core Story
This tool offers an outline of the “core story to tell,” the key frame elements for communications that seek to promote child abuse and neglect prevention policies.
- Talking Points
The talking points are intended to be used in preparation for media interviews, editorial board visits, or other public communications as a reminder of the core elements of the child development frame.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A series of questions that advocates tell us they must often answer. Examples of effective and less-effective responses to each question are included.
- Sample Editorial
This is an example of how to apply the framing strategies on child abuse and neglect prevention to the format of a guest editorial in a newspaper.
- Sample Letters to the Editor
Three sample templates for applying framing strategies to a Letter to the Editor format.
- Child Abuse Prevention Framing Case Study Examples: Case 1, Case 2
Two case studies from child abuse prevention advocates examining communications materials both before and after implementing framing recommendations.
The Talking About Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention toolkit was created with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
You may also find recorded webinars at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families Archives, where Ben Tanzer, Senior Director of Communications for Prevent Child Abuse America discusses the research project between Prevent Child Abuse America and FrameWorks Institute and gives tips for any professionals who may find themselves talking about child abuse and neglect.