We’ve all heard of risk factors that contribute to problems for families. Protective Factors are the positive counterpoint to risk factors. Protective Factors help families stay safe, healthy and strong. They are characteristics or conditions that buffer the effects of risk, stress, or trauma.
- A skill, personal attribute, or supportive relationship
- A community that offers supportive services
According to research, when multiple risk factors are present in a family, there’s a greater likelihood of negative outcomes. But when multiple Protective Factors enter the picture and are supported over time, we see a greater probability of children, families and communities thriving.
Protective Factors are critical for all children, youth, families, and communities. They are the difference between families and communities that not only survive, but thrive. Each of us has a role to play to help strengthen protective factors in our community and the families around us.
This website is dedicated to helping visitors discover some basic characteristics and resources all families need to thrive and what you can do to develop as a parent, caregiver, teacher, service provider, or other community member.
To learn more about Protective Factors, visit FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.