The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) seeks input from private and public agencies, organizations, private citizens and consumers to develop an effective statewide comprehensive child abuse prevention plan.
Public input is being requested from individuals who are willing to provide feedback by completing a brief questionnaire available at https://bit.ly/2JQqcZm. The deadline for submitting input via the online questionnaire is Friday, June 1.
This survey provides an opportunity for the public to share input on community resources in their area. Responses will be used to develop the upcoming five-year Oklahoma State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
“Child abuse and neglect is a complex issue,” said grant coordinator Sherie Trice. “Information is being gathered statewide to ascertain current services and gaps, identify geographical areas with greatest need, pinpoint supports that are most valued, and further assess family needs and how those needs can be addressed. We want to know what you think works best to protect children in your community and across the state.”
The focus of the survey is on awareness, availability, and use of community resources that target identified risk factors for child maltreatment. The information gleaned will help determine what community-specific programs individuals are aware of and use, as well as what is still needed.
For questions or more information about the State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, contact the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Office by phone at (405) 271-7611 or by email, SherieT@health.ok.gov. A stakeholder survey is also available per request.