Protective Factors Framework

Our Work logoThe Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board utilizes the Strengthening FamiliesTM Protective Factors Framework to guide its own work and the efforts it supports. The Prevention Board provides community-based grants for prevention programming, creates and influences public policies, develops and evaluates innovative programs, and coordinates training opportunities by building Protective Factors that support the overall well-being of children and their families. 

Protective Factors serve as buffers that help families cope, achieve, and thrive, even during challenging times. They are the cornerstones upon which to build healthy environments for children and strong families.

The five Protective Factors are:

  • Parental Resilience
    Managing and bouncing back from challenges that emerge in a family’s life
  • Social Connections
    Reaching out to friends, family members, neighbors, and others in the community who may provide emotional support, give concrete assistance and help solve problems
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
    Meeting basic economic needs like food, clothing, and housing, and the ability to access adequate services and supports to provide stability when a crisis occurs, such as domestic violence, mental illness, or substance abuse
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
    Receiving accurate information about child development and effective strategies to see their children in a positive light and promote their healthy development
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children
    Fostering a child’s ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and communicate feelings appropriately

The Prevention Board coordinates the Bring the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work training with parent leaders.  The hands-on, interactive courses provide an in-depth look into each of the Protective Factors and ways to incorporate them into your work and the families being served. 

If you are interested in learning more about this training or would like to bring the training to your community, visit our Plan A Training page or download our training information flyer.

To learn more, visit our Protective Factors Framework and Risk and Protective Factors pages.