How is a 21st century child well-being system better for families and communities?
Dr. David Sanders, executive vice president of systems improvement at Casey Family Programs, describes why we need to create a 21st century child well-being system that does not just react to child abuse and neglect, but intervenes much earlier to support families and prevent harm from happening in the first place.
Dr. Sanders outlines the primary components of a 21st century child well-being system. These elements include adopting a population-based approach to prevention, re-defining safety as freedom from harm, and advancing technical excellence that ensures families receive the most effective and impactful services.
Mary Ann Cooney, chief of health systems transformation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, responds to the question of how a population-based approach to prevention can promote child safety and ensure all families can access the supports they need.