Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:57

Protective Factors

What are protective factors?

They are characteristics or conditions that reduce or buffer the effects of risk, stress, or trauma. A protective factor is an asset of some kind.

For example:

  • A skill, personal attribute, or supportive relationship
  • A community that offers supportive services

Why protective factors?

  • Research has shown that the promotion of protective factors is a key intervention strategy that can improve social and emotional well-being in children and youth.
  • Children who have experienced or are at risk for maltreatment, trauma, and/or exposure to violence can be a highly vulnerable population, however
  • Outcomes for children can substantially improve by helping children and their families build protective factors.

For many years and in many cases, even now, the child abuse prevention field focused primarily on risk—how likely abuse or neglect might occur when risk factors are present. Risks, such as poverty, trauma, and disabilities, among others, are known to contribute to the likelihood that a child might be abused or neglected.

Yet most families—even those in risk—do not abuse or neglect their children. Certain conditions, when present in families’ lives, help them to overcome the odds that could otherwise lead to tragedy. Those conditions are protective factors.

Outcomes for children affected by trauma can be improved by helping them and their families build protective factors. In other words, protective factors help to mitigate risks; they can help families to weather life’s stress and trauma with less damage. Through building protective factors we can help families develop assets and skills for handling life’s challenges more effectively.

To learn more about what the research tells us about protective factors, please click here: https://friendsnrc.org/prevention/protective-factors/

Published in Children's Justice Act

On December 17, 2018, CANTASD (the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center) hosted a Digital Dialogue with Natalia Aguirre, National Director of the Family Justice Center Alliance at the Alliance for HOPE International; and Stacy Phillips, Program Manager for the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime. This dialogue focused on polyvictimization—when a single individual has multiple experiences with violence or abuse. This document summarizes the key concepts shared in conversation with 68 individuals from around the country who joined the call.

SETTING THE CONTEXT While there is no clear consensus around the definition of polyvictimization, the term describes the collective experiences of multiple types of violence, usually in multiple settings, and often at the hands of multiple perpetrators. According to the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, out of all the children surveyed, 38.7% have recorded at least one incident of victimization, either direct or indirect. Of those children, 10.9% reported 5 or more direct exposures to different types of violence and 1.4% reported 10 or more direct victimizations.

Read the full report: https://cantasd.acf.hhs.gov/wp-content/uploads/FTF-polyvictimization.pdf

The GrandFacts state fact sheets for grandfamilies include state-specific data and programs as well as information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options and state laws. Visit www.grandfamilies.org to find this and all GrandFacts state fact sheets.

Access the Generations United Fact Sheet.

Published in Children's Justice Act
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:42

States Eye Tech Tools In Opioid Fight

CivSource - February 19, 2019

States are looking for innovative ways to manage the opioid crisis. From data sharing to outreach programs, all options are on the table. Opioid overdoses were tied to about 50,000 U.S. deaths in 2017 and many newly elected governors put the issue at the center of their campaigns. Oracle has recently launched a new tool that is designed to help local officials share information about treatment resources with those who are in need.

https://civsourceonline.com/2019/02/19/states-eye-tech-tools-in-opioid-fight/

Published in Children's Justice Act

Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/02/07/peds.2017-4211

https://goqnotes.com/62407/study-shows-lgbtq-youth-dont-fare-well-in-child-welfare-system/

Published in LGBTQ Youth

The attached article is an excellent summary of concerns about Child Abuse Pediatric practice with some strong and well-grounded recommendations for improvements in practice (including recommendations that are consistent with Diane Redleaf's book <https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5865C>and the report on Medical Ethics Concerns in Physical Child Abuse Investigations <https://www.familydefensecenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Medical-Ethics-Concerns-in-Physical-Child-Abuse-Investigations-corrected-reposted.pdf>.

It was written by Andrew Brown who co-chairs United Family Advocates and Diane Redleaf and leads child and family advocacy at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Andrew has been involved in legislative reform efforts in this area and in child welfare generally in Texas and it is exciting to see this area of our work starting to get some significant attention.

Diane Redleaf

 

Author, *They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families At Risk (ABC-Clio (Praeger, October 2018);*

 

Founder, Executive Director, Legal Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago IL(2005-2017);

 

Principal, Family Defense Consulting: providing consultation to attorneys and advocates in the child  welfare system, expert witness services, individual advice and referrals to families, and public speaking and writing on topics related to family rights and issues in the child welfare system;

 

Co-chair, United Family Advocates (national policy advocacy coalition);

 

Award-winning non-profit leader.

Published in Parents' Attorneys

National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An analysis of trends in crisis connections to the National Runaway Safeline over the past decade (2007-2017).
National Runaway Safeline.
2018
https://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NRS-2018-Trend-Report_Final.pdf

Published in Data & Technology

Infancy and toddlerhood are periods of incredible possibility and opportunity. Children grow and develop more rapidly during the first three years than any other time in their lives. Their everyday experiences—where they sleep and play, what they eat, and who loves and cares for them—shape their development and lay a foundation for future learning. With the right supports, every child in every family can get a strong start.

Read the full report - click here.

Prepared by Zero to Three

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 16:42

Preventing Child Neglect Training Series

Developed by CANTASD and the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds, the Preventing Child Neglect training series raises public awareness and understanding of child maltreatment, its causes, protective factors that help shield children and families, and manageable steps that each of us can take to help reduce the likelihood of child neglect. The training videos build upon each other and are designed to be viewed in sequential order. Each training video comes with a robust discussion toolkit that includes learning objectives, guidance for individual or group learning, a reflection journal, and links to additional resources.

 

Trainings

Training 1: Explore the Basics
The first training lays the foundation for the series by providing an overview of child neglect, types of neglect, and factors that influence how we take care of our children. 
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Training 2: Fact or Fiction? 
Training 2 shares key facts about child neglect and considers why some common assumptions may need closer examination.
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Training 3: Everyone’s Responsibility
Training 3 explores how protective factors can shield individuals and families from the risk factors of neglect.
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Training 4: What We All Can Do
Training 4 provides manageable steps and strategies at each level of the social ecological model to reduce the likelihood of child neglect. One person can make a difference. 
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The National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) is a service of the Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse & Neglect, Administration for Children and FamiliesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Published in Children's Justice Act

Benchcards for Judicial Safety Decision Making

These benchcards were published as an accompanying tool to the book Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys. They are also referred to during the Safety Decision Making course presented by the Pelican Center for Children and Families - Court Improvement Program training.  The book can be accessed online. Click hereAuthors: Theresa Roe Lund MSSW and Jennifer L. Renne  Date: 2009

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