We believe in promoting strengths, not focusing on weaknesses. 90by30's work is built on protective factors that protect against child abuse and neglect - namely, the five factors identified by the Center for the Study of Social Policy as necessary for safe and healthy communities for kids. To that list, we've added three broader protective factors that form the foundation of our countywide prevention strategy.
Wide-Scale Protective Factors
1) All Lane County residents, groups, and organizations participate in making our communities child-friendly.
2) Every person, organization, and group in Lane County actively plays their part to promote child well-being.
3) All Lane County residents are educated about what children and youth need in order to thrive and prevent child abuse.
90by30 and the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect have also contributed to research by the Center for the Study of Social Policy on community-level protective factors. Read more here.
Focused Protective Factors
It's no cliche that it takes a village to raise a child. Increasing social connections decreases isolation and increases nurturing.
Ensure that we break isolation and increase social connection by promoting actions that encourage friends, family members, and neighbors to provide emotional support for each other and to offer concrete assistance to parents.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development.
A community can only help its young members if it understands what they need.
Ensure that we as a community - including policy makers, schools, programs, families, and community members, with or without children - have and use accurate information about parenting skills and child and youth development.
Concrete Support in Times of Need.
When parents have someplace to turn for basic needs, children grow up healthier and safer.
Ensure that all families are able to identify, find, and use services and natural supports in order to meet basic human needs and parenting support.
It's not easy to be a parent, and knowing how to bounce back from tough times is crucial.
Ensure that all who are caretakers of children receive the support they need in order to be effective and nurturing caretakers, to cope well with the natural stress that is a part of parenting, to bounce back from challenges, and to seek out and accept support.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children.
Empathetic, caring children turn into empathetic, caring adults.
Ensure that members of our community support children and youths' ability to interact positively with others, regulate their behavior under stress, demonstrate empathy, and effectively communicate their feelings and needs.