parenting

National parenting strategy: making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting

The National Parenting Strategy has one clear purpose: to act as a vehicle for valuing, equipping and supporting parents to be the best that they can be so that they, in turn, can give the children and young people of Scotland the best start in life.

Parent champions

Web resource including video on parent champions for childcare.

Evaluation of the 'You First' programme for young parents

Report that presents findings from the evaluation of the You First pilot programme, undertaken by Ipsos MORI Scotland, in collaboration with Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley. The study was commissioned by Communities Analytical Services on behalf of the Children and Families Directorate and the Directorate for Employment, Skills and Lifelong Learning.

Elearning : poverty, parenting and social exclusion

This learning activity is Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) e-learning resource, published in 2008. These elearning resources are freely available to all users and, through audio, video and interactive uses of technology, bring alive key aspects of poverty, parenting and social exclusion with particular reference to children and families.

SCIE research briefing 13: helping parents with a physical or sensory impairment in their role as parents

The topic of this briefing is parents with physical or sensory impairments and ways of addressing any perceived barriers to their parenting. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in February 2005.

E-learning: parental mental health and families

Free audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the nature of parental mental health and its impact on families.

Effective relationships with vulnerable parents to improve outcomes for children and young people: final study report

York Consulting was commissioned by Action for Children to undertake research to articulate how Action for Children professionals develop effective relationships with vulnerable parents and how this makes a difference for children and young people. The focus of the research was to develop a skills framework that would define the key aspects of effective professional relationships and the competencies required to achieve them.

Tough love, not get tough: responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

Briefing that shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils’ needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.

SCIE report 44: think child, think parent, think family - interim evaluation report

Interim report that evaluates the first year of implementation and aims to: capture learning about how to implement the 'Think child, think parent, think family' guide; and evaluate early indications of the impact of implementing the guidance in a local area.

Parenting matters: early years and social mobility

Paper that argues strongly that the government is correct to take the bold step of embracing the firm evidence on child development in seeking to create a strategy that "sets out plans to support a culture where the key aspects of good parenting are widely understood and where all parents can benefit from advice and support...what is needed is a much wider culture change towards recognising the importance of parenting, and how society can support mothers and fathers to give their children the best start in life".