Counties throughout California have a child abuse prevention council (CAPC) charged with evaluating local data and identifying strategies to reduce child abuse and neglect. One of the underlying principles to CAPC’s work is that preventing child abuse is a much more effective intervention than trying to treat the lifelong effects of child abuse. On Tuesday, July 7, Tracy Fauver, the Chair of Yolo’s Child Abuse Prevention Council, provided the Yolo Board of Supervisors their annual report and identified key focus areas. One area of concern is the decline in child abuse referrals during the Covid-19 response. CAPC will soon be releasing information to help educate the community about how to safely support children and families during the pandemic. Tracy also covered a summary of ongoing CAPC activities, an outline for a comprehensive plan to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect, recommendations on strengthening economic supports for families, and the 2019 Economics of Child Abuse study for Yolo County. You can hear the full report here.