|Last month's newsletter talked about what ACES stood for. But, being aware of what ACEs spells out is not enough….
Are you aware of the Protective Factors that aid children from becoming abused or neglected? Protective Factors have not been studied as extensively as Risk Factors, but understanding Protective Factors is as important in assuring children’s well-being.
Some Protective Factors are
- Supportive family environment and social networks
- Concrete support for basic needs
- Nurturing parenting skills
- Stable family relationships
- Household rules and child monitoring
- Parental employment
- Parental education
- Adequate housing
- Access to health care and social services
- Caring adults outside the family who can serve as role models or mentors
All of the above noted Protective Factors are supported within NEMCSA programs. Ask about services you may be able to access to increase some of the Protective Factors for your family.
Resource: Center for Disease Control and Prevention