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:

  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children
    Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establisha and maintain relationships
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
    Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognative, language, social and emotional development
  • Social Connections
    Postive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support

  • Parental Resilience
    Managing stress and fuctioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
    Access to concrete support and services that address a family's needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges

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.