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Protective Factors Part 1

Published: March 17, 2017
Technical Assistance
Child Welfare

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Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that, when present, can mitigate or eliminate risk and can increase health and well-being. Protective factors come in the forms of resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow parents to parent effectively, even under stress.

'Protective Factors Part 1' is the first in a two-part series highlighting protective factors. This episode provides an overview of protective factors and helps listeners distinguish protective factors from risk factors. Guests provide examples of how child welfare professionals can recognize and work with parents and families to strengthen their protective factors. The podcast features interviews with the following guests:

  • Cailin O’Connor, senior policy analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Tabitha Kelly, L.C.S.W., C.P.M., division chief, Division of Child and Family Services, Arlington County (VA)

The following are the topics discussed during this podcast:

  • Protective factors definitions
  • How professionals can identify and recognize protective factors when engaging parents

'Protective Factors Part 2' centers on how a local agency incorporated protective factors throughout its organization, including details on the training required and how agency leaders ensured senior management cooperation.

Runtime: 35:45

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