Wake County Child Abuse Prevention Plan

Imagine what Wake County would look like if all children felt safe, loved and protected.

What would be different?

Would we have a community in which people encouraged and helped each other through good times and bad?

Would kindness and respect for others go viral?

We believe that the health and well-being of our community depends on how we treat our children. 


For the last year, a group of community leaders, parents and representatives from several youth-serving organizations have been striving toward the vision of a safe and stable Wake County as they work together to develop the Wake County Child Abuse Prevention Plan (Wake CAPP).

SAFEchild serves as the backbone organization overseeing the development of the Wake CAPP in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse NC, with support from John Rex Endowment and essential leadership from Wake County Human Services and Wake County Smart Start.

Many other organizations are involved in the Wake CAPP, including:

The work to develop the Wake CAPP has been divided into four subcommittees, each with a main goal:

Outreach and Education

Goal: Raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and prevent child maltreatment

Data and Community Assets

Goal:  Use data to inform actions

Protective Factors

Goal:  Create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs

Policy and Advocacy

Goal: Create the context for healthy children and families through policies

The Protective Factors Framework is an integral component of Wake CAPP. This framework is the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Research shows that when these protective factors are well-established in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminishes as the family grows stronger.

Input and engagement from the community, local businesses and youth-serving organizations will be essential to the success of the Wake CAPP.

Contact Ginger Espino, SAFEchild’s community engagement coordinator, at gespino@safechildnc.org or 919.232.5669, for more information about Wake CAPP, virtual monthly meetings, community cafes, and how you can become involved in ensuring a safe and stable Wake County!

Digging Deep into the Protective Factors

  • Listen to a condensed training audioconference on the 5 protective factors presented by Ginger Espino, SAFEchild community engagement coordinator. Find it here.
  • Watch a video clip from a webinar presented by SAFEchild on “Parenting During a Pandemic” in which Ginger Espino discusses the 5 protective factors and their impact on strengthening families. Find it here.




In the state of North Carolina, anyone who suspects a child has been abused or neglected is mandated to report the suspected abuse.  Find reporting information HERE.