Now is the time to pay attention to your children, as well as the neighbor children, because going to school could have been a refuge for them. In our community, some of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect are to promote protective factors. Research shows that healthy families maintain protective factors in their child’s life.
Protective factors are attributes of people, families, communities, or the larger society that lessen risk and promote healthy child development and well-being:
• Nurturing an attachment
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and emotional competence of children
To learn more about how to combat childhood adversity, listen to what Ashland has to say about the ACEs study by clicking the link below.