The topic of domestic violence is an emotive one conjuring visions of child abuse by parents or carers, or marital violence, in general abuse by men of their wives or partners. According to published police statistics in Scotland for the years of 2012 – 13 male violence of women accounted for 80% of all domestic abuse, and in 2014 over 2,600 children in Scotland were identified as needing protection from abuse. This is particularly concerning since the NSPCC suggests that, for every child who has been identified, there are 8 other children who are at risk but who are ‘under the radar’.
This article explores the impact of abandonment abuse and neglect, not only on children but, centrally, on the foster carers, adopters and kinship carers who parent children where it has been deemed that a return home to birth parents is not in their interests. (For purposes of simplicity we will refer to these carers as ‘parenting figures’.) In doing this we aim to provide parenting figures with support and understanding as well as reducing the feelings of isolation that is often integral to parenting ‘looked after’ children.
Families share stories of how they overcame obstacles to get the best outcomes for their disabled children. This parent leadership development programme collates and distributes these important experiences so that parents can inspire each other into action and benefit from each other's experiences 24/7.
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.
Report that outlines the 10 key messages and issues that the parents who took part in these conversations raised about using and accessing childcare.
Briefing on the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, which is one of a series of briefing papers produced by NHS Health Scotland on parenting programmes currently used in Scotland. These are intended as a source of information for the early years workforce, providing an overview of the programme and supporting evidence. This workforce includes those working in local authority, health and voluntary sectors and those commissioning services.
Briefing on the Incredible Years (IY) Programme, which is one of a series of briefing papers produced by NHS Health Scotland on parenting programmes currently used in Scotland. These are intended as a source of information for the early years workforce, providing an overview of the programme and supporting evidence. This workforce includes those working in local authority, health and voluntary sectors and those commissioning services.
To evaluate the effectiveness and cost utility of a universally provided early years parenting programme.
Report that investigated whether there were indeed differences in early years' experiences between Scotland and England, and between the three 'city regions' of Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Glasgow and the Clyde Valley (GCV), that might partly account for the poorer health status of Scotland, and these areas.
It drew on four cohort studies of children, born in Britain in 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2000, supplemented by analyses of routine data and other large scale surveys.
Since 2010 the Scottish Government has been funding Who Cares? Scotland to develop and deliver a national corporate parenting training programme. This training course is due to complete in March 2013 and there is the potential for a second phase of the programme.
The Scottish Government commissioned an independent evaluation of the National Corporate Parenting training programme, with a focus on the impact of the programme to date. Qualitative and quantitative research was conducted among participants. The research was carried out between December 2012 and February 2013.