Child Protection: Preventing Child Abuse Through a Protective Factors Framework Parts 1 & 2

Child neglect is an act of omission and the most prevalent type of child maltreatment. The limited understanding of the complexities associated with its incidence, prevalence and devastating impacts are illusive in large part due to its “hidden” nature. Relationships between neglect and poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, interpersonal violence, and histories of trauma are complex.  This course focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development. Information about protective factors is augmented with tools and strategies that help providers integrate the factors into community programs and systems. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike will help to promote these important elements within their families and communities.