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Protective Factors Framework

Protective factors framework™

The Protective Factors Framework ™ was developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) as a way to focus on building family, program and community strengths. CSSP’s research led to five Protective Factors that, when all present in a child’s life, lead to optimal lifelong outcomes and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The Protective Factors Framework was originally applied in early childhood systems, and later adapted through further research for use with youth as Youth Thrive ™.

All of SOAR’s work – elevating community voice, supporting leadership development, improving systems – is designed to increase the presence of Protective Factors in the lives of children, youth, families, and communities.

Five Key Protective Factors

    • Parental resilience
    • Positive social connections
    • Knowledge of parenting and child development
    • Access to concrete supports in times of need
    • Children’s social and emotional competence

Youth Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Factors Framework

    • Youth Resilience
    • Social Connections
    • Knowledge of Adolescent Development 
    • Concrete Support in Times of Need
    • Cognitive and Social-Emotional Competence in Youth
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