A report examined the long-term consequences of severe behavioural issues and the benefits of effective early intervention. It said that well implemented, positive parenting programmes were effective in improving children's behaviour. The report outlined costs and benefits of interventions and said that parenting programmes represented good value for money.
Source: Michael Parsonage, Lorraine Khan, and Anna Saunders, Building a Better Future: The lifetime costs of childhood behavioural problems and the benefits of early intervention, Centre for Mental Health
An article examined parent engagement in England and the United States of America. Parent engagement was not yet contributing to the provision of services that were more timely, appropriate, or adequate in meeting parent need.
Source: Jeri Damman, 'Better practices in parent engagement: lessons from the USA and England', European Journal of Social Work, Volume 17 Number 1
An article examined the effectiveness of parenting programmes. Drawing on a systematic review, it said that parents' participation in group-based parenting programs produced short-term improvements on a range of measures, but none remained statistically significant one year later. It concluded that the evidence suggested that parenting programmes did improve the short-term psychosocial well-being of parents, but follow up training might be required to maintain the gains.
Source: Cathy Bennett, Jane Barlow, Nick Huband, Nadja Smailagic, and Verena Roloff, 'Group-based parenting programs for improving parenting and psychosocial functioning: a systematic review', Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Volume 4 Issue 4
A new book examined the influence of parenting on children's learning and well-being, in the context of growing social inequality and the diminishing role of the welfare state.
Source: Dimitra Hartas, Parenting, Family Policy and Children's Well-being in an Unequal Society: A new culture war for parents, Palgrave Macmillan