Best Practice #2: A SENSE OF TRUST
Developing safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their parents, caregivers, and caring adults
Witnessing community violence and having people close to you (e.g. caregivers, siblings, peers) who engage in violence can affect relationships and trust.
- Children do best when they are well cared for and have stable relationships with caregivers.
- They are less likely to be victims of maltreatment or have problems because of aggressive behavior.
For these reasons, it is important to:
What YOU can do:
- Support parents and caregivers, and help them to find support from individuals, groups, or organizations.
- Promote activities that support relationship building for families (game night, family dinner, sports, etc).
- Educate caregivers on the effects of violence and trauma, as well as parenting skills and techniques.
- Mentor children and adolescents, serving as a reliable adult in their lives that listens and works to build trust together.
- Connect youth and families to helpful services, programs, and resources.