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What is Prevention? Web-Based Training

This course is designed for professionals and volunteers working with children and families and anyone else who would like to learn more about how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina provides this and other courses at no charge through funding from the North Carolina Division of Social Services and through the generosity of our supporters and partners. We welcome contributions to help us continue to provide these services for professionals and concerned citizens interested in promoting the well-being of families across North Carolina.

If you are looking for the 2-hour course that REQUIRES you to obtain a certificate upon completion, click here for information about Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this course you will:

  • Have an increased understanding of child maltreatment prevention
  • Understand how prevention is different from intervention
  • Be introduced to the concept of risk & protective factors
  • Become familiar with issues related to when and to whom prevention services should be provided

NOTE: The Spanish version of this course is currently unavailable. We hope to be able to offer this valuable resource in the near future.

NEW! PCANC Self-Guided Online Course Format

We are pleased to offer this course on our new E-learning platform. In the past year, we’ve worked hard to implement several features to improve your learning experience—all the same content but in an easier-to-use format.


  • You will be asked to Register with a login and password. Because this is a self-guided course, you may pause to read at your own pace or log in or out at any time.
  • Text may be small and difficult to view on a mobile device, but the course should operate normally. If it doesn’t, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • For best results, use earbuds or headphones.
  • The average time spent completing the material is about 1 hour.
  • The Resources menu contains a PDF of the full course available for viewing or printing at any time.
  • After completing this course with a score of at least 80%, you may save or print a Certificate of Completion. You will automatically receive an email with a PDF of your Certificate after passing the Quiz.


At the end of this course, you will be guided through several survey questions. Your feedback is important and will help us improve and develop future versions of this course. Thank you for your participation.

Need Help?

If you experience problems or need assistance at any time during the course, check the Resources menu. If you don’t find the answer you need there, or the problem persists, please send an email to Theresa Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-256-6613.*

*We do not have a 24-hour Help Desk. Calls and emails will be addressed as soon as possible during normal business hours.

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For More Information

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-CHILDREN.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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