The 5 Protective Factors

Below are qualities in parents that have been shown to help keep children safe:

Resilience: Most simply, this means that when you hit tough times, you are able to bounce back and keep moving forward.

Social Connections: Research shows that it’s easier to handle parenting challenges when you have positive relationships with family, friends and others.

Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: There’s no such thing as a perfect parent, but when you have a basic understanding of what to expect from early childhood through the teenage years, you’re less likely to get frustrated.

Concrete Support in Times of Need: All families go through tough times. Knowing where to get help—from food, clothing and shelter to domestic violence or drug treatment—can help you rebound.

Building Children’s Social and Emotional Competence: When parents are able to help their children with their emotions, children become better able to manage their own feelings and build healthy relationships.

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