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Devereux Florida - The Five Protective Factors

2 Hour Certificate

FIVE PROTECTIVE FACTORS - Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They are attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. When these Protective Factors are present and robust, families are more equipped to create environments for young children’s optimal development. This two hour workshop increases community awareness, provides strategies to integrate the factors into existing programs and systems and discusses steps parents can take to care for their children and strengthen their families.

Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

For more information on the protective factors visit The Center for the Study of Social Policy: http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families

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