Building Community Prevention Action Plans

Prevent Child Abuse NC offers support to interested community members who want to build Community Prevention Action Plans (CPAPs). We are funded to support the building of plans through facilitation, resources and training.

The CPAPs are based on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and are built by community members across all sectors. The stated mission of the plans is to educate, empower, and support communities to implement effective child abuse and neglect prevention strategies so every child grows up in a safe, stable, nurturing environment

Cumberland County developed and released North Carolina’s first CPAP. The Cumberland County CPAP was released in November 2017 and was voted unanimously for the resolution to support by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.

NC’s Completed Community Prevention Action Plans:

We are currently building plans in partnership with Clay, Transylvania, Onslow, Pitt and Wake Counties.

Do you want to learn more about building a CPAP in your community? Contact Suzanne Metcalf at to discuss the first steps you can take toward building a safer community for all families.

Our Theory of Change: Together we can prevent child abuse and neglect

  • Educate the community about ACEs and how to build Protective Factors and connections.
  • Increase public and professional confidence in recognizing and tackling child abuse and neglect.
  • Campaign for better programs, practices and policies grounded in the Protective Factors for children and families to thrive in their communities.
  • Implement programs to scale and support the implementation of best practices, programs and policies to ensure sustainable impact in preventing CAN.
  • Innovate to develop and evaluate replicable prevention solutions.
  • Build partnerships and collaborate with communities and families, governments and systems, the faith community, and the private sector to share knowledge, build capacity, and influence others.
  • Build local partnerships that can drive prevention activities and services that are both innovative and based on the best available evidence.
  • Create sustainable change at a systems level.

Become a Connections Matter Trainer

Register for our Train the Trainer opportunity to bring Connections Matter to your community!

Free Online Trainings

Take our free, online trainings: Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment and What is Prevention!