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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Guide for Implementing the Parents' Assessment of Protective Factors

Protective factors are strengths and resources that can help mediate or serve as a buffer against risk factors that contribute to maltreatment in families. The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood and the Center for the Study of Social Policy developed the Parents' Assessment of Protective Factors, a tool that professionals can use with parents to help measure and assess parental beliefs, feelings, and actions that can indicate the presence and strength of specific protective factors in a family.

The assessment package includes a users' guide, which provides definitions and indepth discussion of the concepts behind the five protective factors on which the evaluation is based and instructions for how to perform and score the assessment.

Parents' Assessment of Protective Factors: User's Guide and Technical Report is available at (3 MB).

To learn more about strengthening families and protective factors, and to access the assessments in both English and Spanish, visit the Center for the Study of Social Policy website at