The focus for 2019 is Strong and Thriving Families. Often during a prevention month, we focus on stopping something from happening. However, statistics show prevention is the act of promoting positive action or behavior. National Child Abuse Prevention month is a great opportunity to tell you about protective factors, and how they are important to your family.
The five protective factors are
knowledge of parenting and child development
concrete support in times of need
and social-emotional competence of children
Your family is thriving when protective factors are robust in your life and your community. Strong and thriving families have access to resources, supports, or coping strategies that help your family day to day or even at a time of stress. Preventing any child from experiencing adverse childhood experiences not only benefits the child but society. Which means adverse childhood experiences impact your family and community, even if it is not directly impacting your child. Through collective ingenuity, we can work together to build stronger brains and stronger communities.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit the links below, https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/ https://www.tn.gov/tccy/ace/tccy-ace-building-strong-brains.html