Policy

In the face of public spending cuts, parenting remains firmly in the public eye. Initiatives such as the Troubled Families programme and free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds have sparked debates about the future of family services and ignited conversations about new ways to ensure parenting support stays high on political agendas.

Houses of ParliamentThere is much more work to be done to embed parenting support as a key component
of children’s health and wellbeing across the UK. Parenting UK will play a key role in generating public and professional interest in the required change.


Parenting and wellbeing

There is increasing research about mental wellbeing and its effect on child and life outcomes and support by the Prime Minister for a new measure of wellbeing - a step change from the view that the only definition of a healthy country is one that is economically successful.

Parenting UK is well placed to further the debate about good parenting and its role in wellbeing - to highlight the links between parenting, school readiness and educational attainment and to encourage more innovative thinking about involving the private sector in the parenting world so that more people understand the far-reaching benefits of good and confident parents.

Supporting parents with parenting programmes has a positive impact on both parents’ and children’s wellbeing and mental health (Healthy Lives, Healthy People: our strategy for public health in England)

 

Ending child maltreatment

Parenting UK is a member of WAVE Trust's 70/30 coalition to reduce child maltreatment by 70 per cent by 2030 and will play our part by supporting the parenting workforce and campaigning on the benefits of early intervention and family support.


Government consultations

Parenting UK regularly responds to Government consultations about issues concerning families such as the recent review on PSHE and the
child poverty review. See our consultation responses.


Party conferences

In 2012, Parenting UK took part in an event with Demos at the Conservative Party Conference where our Chief Executive Pamela Park spoke about Warmth and Wealth: What is the role of parenting and family learning in tackling child poverty?


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