What are some ways our faith communities can strengthen families, increase protective factors, and ensure children thrive?

An Upstream Approach:

Our mission at PCANC is to ensure that child maltreatment prevention is a priority for North Carolina and all communities have the knowledge, support, and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect.  When we work together in building safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities, we provide an upstream approach in preventing child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

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Safe Policies guidelines

​Strengthening families and communities helps keep our kids safe.  Our faith communities provide upstream solutions by ensuring prevention policies and procedures are in place to protect our children and youth. PCANC has created a Child Abuse Prevention Policy and Procedures Guideline and corresponding checklists that are available here. These guidelines and checklists include virtual learning safe practices as well as a commitment cards for both parents and staff/volunteers. PCANC encourages staff and volunteers to complete the checklist for every class and event.  


PCANC offers two (2) free online course teaches the signs and symptoms to look out for with child abuse and neglect. What is Prevention and Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Abuse and Neglect. PCANC encourages anyone working with children and youth to take these self-guided courses and upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate. We strongly recommend you retain the email or printed copy for training records.


Want to learn more about PCANC prevention policies? PCANC’s Director of Policy, Melea Rose-Waters, works with North Carolina Policy Makers to pass legislation with proven strategies that support the strengthening of families, communities and prevention efforts that keep our children safe. Here you will find more information regarding PCANC policy priorities and ways you can get involved.

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