Broward 
County Public Schools Student Services Department

Five Protective Factors – Child Abuse & Neglect Services

In a study done by Washington State in 2006, they found that children 0-5 had the highest rate of abuse, followed by children 6-11 then children 12 to 17-years-old.  Children 0-3 are at the greatest risk of any abuse.  They have the highest abuse and neglect rates; they are most likely to die from the abuse and neglect they experience.

Research shows that the Five Protective Factors (Nurturing and Attachment, Knowledge of Parenting and Youth development, Parent resilience, Social connections, Concrete support for parents) reduce the incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect by providing parents with the tools needed to parent effectively even under stress. Parents who are sensitive and responsive to their children’s needs tend to keep a safe home environment; they have strong communication and problem-solving skills, and they are unlikely to be abusive or neglectful.

Broward County Public Schools is committed to supporting parents in their effort to raise children in a healthy and safe environment.  To substantiate that commitment, the  Five Protective Factors Presentation is now available on the Parent Involvement webpage for all parents of Broward County to access.  They are:

1.    Nurturing and Attachment

2.    Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development

3.    Parental Resilience

4.    Social Connections

5.    Concrete Supports for Parents
To increase the health and well being of children and families,  view the Five Protective Factors Presentation

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