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What is Prevention? Web-Based Training

What is Prevention is designed for professionals and volunteers working with children and families and anyone else who would like to learn more about how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

If you are looking for the course that REQUIRES you to obtain a certificate upon completion, click here for our Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment Course

Most users complete the course in 1 hour. It's designed so you can proceed at your own pace--completing it either in one sitting or over a period of time.

Course Fee

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina provides this and other courses at no charge through funding from the North Carolina Division of Social Services and through the generosity of our supporters and partners. We welcome contributions to help us continue to provide these services for professionals and concerned citizens interested in promoting the well-being of families across North Carolina.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this course you will:

  • Have an increased understanding of child maltreatment prevention
  • Understand how prevention is different from intervention
  • Be introduced to the concept of risk & protective factors
  • Become familiar with issues related to when and to whom prevention services should be provided


Supplemental course materials, including a PDF of the course, are available by clicking on the Resources tab located at the top right corner of the course window.

Course Requirements and Information

  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • THIS COURSE IS NOT SUPPORTED FOR TABLET OR MOBILE USE. It must be taken on a desktop or laptop.
  • It is strongly suggested this course be accessed using Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari (Mac).

Feedback and Course Evaluations

We are conducting a pilot on the content of this course. Feedback questions are embedded in the post training survey. Your feedback is important and will help us improve this course.

Proof of Course Completion

After completing this course, you may print a Certificate of Completion by clicking the "print results" button and entering your name as you would like it to appear on the certificate. 

Technical Assistance

If you need assistance at any time during the course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find the answer you need or the problem persists, please contact Theresa Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-256-6613.



For More Information

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-CHILDREN.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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