Evidence Into Practice: Lessons from Parenting Support


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Presentation by Julia Gault, Head of Family Engagement, DCSF

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Evidence Into Practice: Lessons from Parenting Support

  1. 1. Evidence into Practice Lessons from Parenting Support Julia Gault, Head of Family Engagement, DCSF Presentation at DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, 9 February 2010
  2. 2. Investment to Improve Parenting <ul><li>Significant growth since 2006 including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting and Family Support part of the core offer for the over 3,000 Sure Start Children’s Centres and over 20,000 schools providing extended services; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>over 3,500 Parent Support Advisors linked to schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Intervention Projects will be operating in every LA by March 2010 – with a target to reach 10,000 parents a year by 2012-13 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each LA has two parenting experts able to provide one to one support to improve parenting skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each LA has funding for a Parenting Early Intervention project (parents of at risk children aged 8-13) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Progress on parental confidence and empowerment now tracked at national level through Annual Parent Opinion Survey </li></ul>
  3. 3. Workforce Skills Critical <ul><li>Evidence is overwhelming of the power of parenting interventions to change behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Skill of the practitioner in delivering the intervention demonstrated to be critical to its effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>A small number of strongly evidenced manualised programmes dominated and polarised the national debate </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wide range of Practice HENRY Solihull Approach Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Family Links Homestart Family Learning Develop Your Child Coaching 24-7 Parenting Easy Tiger Parents System FAST Many locally produced programmes
  5. 5. Improve Practice <ul><li>Mechanisms required to: </li></ul><ul><li>Improve intervention choice </li></ul><ul><li>Improve fidelity to proven practice </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop understanding of effective practice where there are gaps in current knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Work of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners addresses all of these </li></ul>
  6. 6. Response from the Sector <ul><li>Commissioning Toolkit has been well received – looking at next phase of development and application of model to other sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Effective dissemination of learning from current trials </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of practice post-training innovative for a “skill area” rather than a “profession”. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Discussion Point <ul><li>Are there lessons that could be drawn from this into your own policy/delivery situation? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contact details <ul><li>Contact: Julia Gault, Family Engagement Division, DCSF </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 020 7783 8099 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>28