Mental health

Interventions for preventing child abuse

Question 2: What are the effective interventions for preventing child abuse and its mental health consequences?

Management of child and adolescent mental disorders

  • Population: children and adolescents
  • Interventions: home visiting, parent education, child sex abuse prevention, abusive head trauma prevention, multi-component interventions, media-based interventions, and support and mutual aid groups
  • Comparison: care as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • prevention of child abuse/maltreatment
    • reduction of risks of abuse/maltreatment
    • overall performance at school and family
    • user and family satisfaction
    • improvement in physical health.


Non-specialized health care facilities should consider home visiting and offer parent education to prevent child abuse, especially among at risk individuals and families.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Non-specialized health care facilities should collaborate with school based "sexual abuse prevention" programmes where the availability of personnel and cultural context are conducive to such interventions.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

School based "sexual abuse prevention" programmes should be integrated within the ongoing programmes at the district level on violence and injury prevention and other school health programmes, if available.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Evidence profile