The 6 Protective Factors

These six protective factors have been linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.

1. Social Connections
Having the emotional and moral support of trusted family members and friends can ease feelings of being overwhelmed or being alone.

2. Concrete Supports for Parents
Parents need access to food, clothing, safe housing and medical care in order to meet their family’s needs.

3. Social and Emotional Competence
Building healthy relationships starts with the ability to communicate feelings and use positive behaviors.

4. Nurturing and Attachment
Children need and desire to build trust and warm feelings with parents.

5. Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development
Understanding how children grow and develop and knowing the developmental milestones helps support children's stability as they grow.

6. Parental Resilience
Directing your emotions in a positive way and taking care of yourself emotionally helps you to be a better parent for your child.

If you or anyone you know needs support in these areas, give us a call at 402-434-5437. Our team of experts has experience supporting families in these goals.