This brief guide provides an overview of child welfare, describes how behavioral and mental health professionals and child welfare workers can support each other, and offers additional information resources. Working together, behavioral and mental health practitioners and child welfare workers can make sure that children, youth, and families receive appropriate services that promote healthy functioning and well-being.
ACEs & Trauma
The five protective factors at the foundation of Strengthening Families are characteristics that have been shown to make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. Learn more about the research-based Protective Factors Framework below.
Search Institute is committed to exploring the role of positive, developmental relationships in the lives of young people. Relationships First introduces their research and provides some starting points for action for organizations and leaders who work with youth.
The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults.
This resource is a non-exhaustive list of evidence-based and promising programs that can be implemented in schools to support resilience and healing from trauma. In addition, this document includes a brief introduction to resilience, trauma-informed practices, and cultural considerations for selecting a program to implement.