parental responsibility

Baby bonds: parenting, attachment and a secure base for children

Report which identifies that as many as 40 per cent of children lack secure bonds, and there is particular concern for the 15 per cent who actively resist their parent. It recommends more support for good parenting and attachment by health visitors and children’s centres, with evidence-based interventions for those identified as higher risk.

Parenting: early years to teenage years

Publications page of Parenting across Scotland, which contains research on the importance of early years, and effective approaches to parenting and family support.

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.

Growing up in Scotland: early experiences of primary school - parental involvement in school activities

Document which is part of a series that summarises key findings from the sixth sweep of the study, which was collected in 2010/11 when children in the birth cohort were aged almost 6 years old.

It is one of two summaries which presents key findings from the Growing Up in Scotland study report 'Early experiences of Primary School'.

Growing up in Scotland: overweight, obesity and activity

Childhood obesity and low physical activity both have serious implications for children’s health. This report had twin objectives: to explore determinants of both obesity and low physical activity in young children. Included in the investigation of obesity is an assessment of whether it is linked to low physical activity.

The report also examined the extent to which mothers were aware of their child being overweight or obese and whether they were concerned by this.

Parenting on a low income

Report that presents a review of research evidence to help inform voluntary and public sector agencies in the development of services.

It has been produced by About Families, a partnership which seeks to ensure that the changing needs of parents, including families affected by disability, are met by providing accessible and relevant evidence to inform service development.

The enemy within: 4 million reasons to tackle family conflict and family violence

Report that suggests that violence is more widespread within families - where both parents and children can be victims and perpetrators.