Protecting Youth Requires Meaningful Relationships

Caring Relationships with Adults at School: 2015-2017

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Meaningful relationships are fundamental to safeguarding youth. Every child needs an adult who is both caring and supportive as well as attentive to basic needs. When an adult demonstrates a deep commitment to a child’s emotional and physical well-being, that child is more likely to feel secure and protected which supports their long-term health and well-being. These relationships are most critical at home but are also important in all youth environments such as in school.

Many students in California lack a caring relationship at school. Less than half of students in 7th and 11th grade and about a quarter of students in 9th grade and in non-traditional programs highly agreed that they had a caring relationship with an adult at school in 2015-2017. Hispanic/Latino students in these grade levels may be least likely to have caring relationship with an adult (29% highly agreed) compared with white students (39% highly agreed), among race/ethnicity groups with data.

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These data are a part of Safeguards for Youth, a compilation of the latest data on protective factors and supportive services that promote California children’s health and well-being. Learn more at

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