Eastham-based Cape Cod Children’s Place and the Children’s Trust are partnering on an initiative to stop child abuse and neglect on Cape Cod.

It’s called Children’s Trust SAFE (Stop Abuse for Every) Child Community in Massachusetts, serving Yarmouth, Dennis, Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

Children’s Place is a non-profit resource, referral, and education center providing support and advocacy for families with young children, while the Children’s Trust is a statewide organization that develops programs and influences public policies that support its mission to stop child abuse across the Commonwealth.

The Trust developed the SAFE Child Community to eliminate barriers families often face when seeking guidance and support, a statement from the group says. After an extensive proposal submission and review process, Cape Cod Children’s Place was chosen as the first partner in the initiative because of its demonstrated commitment to the initiative and its 25-year history of providing high-quality services to families.

“The initiative focuses keenly on coordination and communication across service providers so that those who work with children and families come together to provide integrated services. That way, families can more effectively navigate the programs and resources available to help them raise safe and healthy children,” the statement explains.

“Because of this initiative, Cape Cod Children’s Place and our partners will be able to expand programs we know work, such as providing access to home visiting for more parents seeking guidance and giving local youth-serving agencies support to develop sex abuse prevention plans,” Cindy Horgan, executive director of Cape Cod Children’s Place, said during the announcement of the program last Friday.

“This initiative shifts the approach from intervention, or what to do after children are in trouble, to prevention. By strengthening families and helping parents build healthy parenting skills, we can stop abuse and neglect before it happens,” said Suzin Bartley, executive director of the Children’s Trust, added.

The Children’s Trust will provide strategic guidance, evidence-based program models, training, evaluation, and funding to this community-wide, community-driven initiative, influenced by the input and ongoing feedback of Cape Cod Children’s Place and Cape Cod organizations and families.

For more information, visit Capecodchildrensplace.com or https://childrenstrustma.org/.