By Leona Smith Di Faustino on March 19, 2015 · tagged as , , , , , ,

Policy in practice: Tools for preventing child sexual abuse

Six Pillarts of Prevention - the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation - we need stronger prevention policiesHave you ever been a part of an event that left you feeling motivated and energized? Did that event involve the discussion of the Six Pillars of Prevention? If yes, you were probably on Pillars of Policy for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Discussion (Ha!). In all seriousness, aside from referring to myself as a policy nerd, in my career I have come to realize the importance of practitioners having an active role in the creation, review, and implementation of policy. As our presenters, Joan Tabachnick, Cordelia Anderson, and Karen Baker reiterated several times, policy’s purpose should be to enhance the work we provide to our communities rather than hinder it. This may seem hard, it may seem insurmountable, but it is something we in the field of child sexual abuse prevention can obtain. After all, we have been excellent strategists when it comes to negotiating our prevention messages, therefore we have the skill to impact policy at both the micro and macro level.

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Leona L. Smith Di Faustino, LCSW has always had a passion for social justice work. This passion has translated into a decades worth of work in the field of sexual violence and relationship violence intervention and prevention. Leona firmly believes that ending interpersonal violence for the individual, the community and society is both a daunting task but one that is possible if not in her life time but in the future for the next generations.

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