Working together in new ways to prevent abuse
Together for Childhood is an innovative, evidence-informed approach. It brings local partners and families together to make our communities safer for children.
Working collaboratively, we’ll develop and test effective approaches for preventing child abuse, drawing on examples of best practice from around the world.
We are creating a wide range of local partnerships between social care, schools, health, voluntary and community groups, alongside the police, NSPCC and communities.
How Together for Childhood works
We use three types of interventions to achieve our goals:
- primary (universal) interventions – stopping abuse before it occurs, such as campaigning to raise awareness of what sexual abuse is
- secondary (targeted) interventions – reducing the impact of an ongoing issue, such as delivering services that help families experiencing domestic abuse
- tertiary (specialist) interventions – helping children after abuse has occurred.
Together for Childhood aims to:
- prevent child abuse and neglect in families facing adversity
- prevent child sexual abuse and support children and their families.
This project aims to achieve systems change, which is about addressing how agencies and organisations work together to prevent abuse. It also uses a place-based approach, focusing action at a local scale to achieve its goals.