Prevention Tools & Community Resources

At SCAN, we believe that child abuse and neglect CAN be prevented.  And we believe that every community member should be empowered to make it a reality.

Through our Public Education Program and other outreach efforts, we EDUCATE AND INFLUENCE HOW OUR COMMUNITY THINKS ABOUT AND REACTS TO PREVENTION. We engage partners, volunteers and supporters in meaningful collaborations that emphasize our shared vision of prevention and provide opportunities and tools that enable every sector of the community to more effectively support and strengthen families.

Public Education Program

SCAN’s Public Education Program works to educate the public—from parents and caregivers to community leaders and neighbors—about positive parenting, preventing child abuse and strengthening families in Northern Virginia…MORE

Northern Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Campaign: Kids Need Connections

KidsNeedConnections_LOGOenglishSCAN’s NEW community education campaign is Kids Need Connections. When children have strong, healthy relationships with nurturing adults, they are more likely to be safer, stronger and happier children. This is the region’s only comprehensive public education campaign focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Launched every April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the campaign materials are used all year long by SCAN as well as other organizations in the Allies in Prevention Coalition to educate parents and energize community members to take an active role in the prevention of abuse and neglect…MORE

Parent Resource Center

Parenting can be tough! It’s okay to ask for help. SCAN and the Allies in Prevention Coalition are proud to support parents here in Northern Virginia by providing the tips, resources and support that can help you improve your positive parenting skills…MORE

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention | Darkness to Light

Through a national partnership with Darkness to Light, SCAN is proud to offer Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to empower community members to recognize, react and respond to child sexual abuse…MORE

Fee-for-Service Workshops from SCAN

SCAN is excited to offer a new series of fee-for-service workshops targeted at parents, volunteers and service providers. We encourage nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other community groups to consider hosting one of our workshops, which are based on our own existing programs and the expertise of  SCAN staff. Workshops can be…MORE

Allies in Prevention Coalition

SCAN’s AIPC engages dozens of members across Northern Virginia to increase community and individual involvement to prevent family violence by sharing best practices; combining resources; and collaborating on effective public education messages about positive parenting and child abuse prevention…MORE

Parenting Today Radio Show

SCAN is proud to produce Parenting Today with Clear Channel Communications to be a radio show focused on the challenges faced by today’s parents. Featuring SCAN’s executive director and expert guests from the Allies in Prevention Coalition, each show provides…MORE

Connections Blog

SCAN’s blog brings child welfare professionals the current trends and valuable resources that will support their work to prevent child abuse and strengthen families in Northern Virginia and beyond….VISIT OUR BLOG

Podcasts for Parents

Thanks to a grant from AT&T, SCAN developed a new way to share tips, resources and more with parents as they face the difficult job of raising children. You can download the MP3 files…MORE 

Resources for Faith-Based Groups

Faith-based groups in our community provide a special opportunity to reach families with messages of support and prevention. They can also be a critical connection to children and parents who need support. We’re proud to work with faith organizations across Northern Virginia to educate the community and empower adults to prevent…MORE

Pinwheels for Prevention

The blue pinwheel is a nationally-recognized symbol of support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Our Pinwheel Partner program offers local businesses and community groups a special opportunity to bring the pinwheel to their own communities, helping us reach thousands of additional children and families every year…MORE