April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month so let’s start planning now! Every year the federal Children’s Bureau (CB) releases the Prevention Resource Guide. The National Child Abuse Prevention Partners, of which NFPN is a member, provides input for the Guide.
The Resource Guide “focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development.” Many of you are familiar with the five protective factors developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy:
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Knowledge of parenting and child development
• Concrete support in times of need
• Social-emotional competence of children
• Nurturing and attachment (sixth added to the Resource Guide)
The Resource Guide provides information about these protective factors and how to integrate them into community programs. Let’s take a closer look at one protective factor, Parental Resilience: “All parents have inner strengths or resources that can serve as a foundation for building their resilience. These may include faith, flexibility, humor, communication skills, problem-solving skills, mutually supportive caring relationships, or the ability to identify and access outside resources and services when needed.”
To implement this definition, there are suggestions as to how workers and programs can help. For example, workers can “remind families that some stress is normal, and parenting is stressful for everyone. The key is how you respond to it.” Programs can assist when they “partner with resources in the community that help families manage stress and deal with crises, including programs that offer family-to-family help for personalized and sustained support as well as services such as mental health counseling, substance use treatment, domestic violence programs, and self-help support groups.”
The Resource Guide includes tip sheets for parents on 11 topics including keeping your family strong, managing stress, parenting your school-age child, and connecting with your teens.
To obtain your free copy of the Resource Guide visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/resource-guide/
For more information and resources to celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director