Family and Parenting Support

Family and Parenting Support

Policy and Provision in a Global Context You do not have access to this content

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Mary Daly, Rachel Bray, Zlata Bruckauf, Jasmina Byrne, Alice Margaria, Ninoslava Pecnik, Maureen Samms-Vaughan
15 Dec 2015
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In keeping with the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, family and parenting support is increasingly recognized as an important part of national social policies and social investment packages aimed at reducing poverty, decreasing inequality and promoting positive parental and child well-being. Over the past 15 to 20 years, different models of family-related services have evolved in different parts of the world. Much less documented is what drives the development of national policies and programmes in low- and middle-income countries and how the provision of family and parenting support impacts on child and adolescent well-being in these contexts. The publication aims to build the evidence base on what kind of family and parenting support works, under what conditions and for whom in order to promote child well-being in different national contexts. Case studies are included from: Belarus, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Jamaica, The Philippines, South Africa, and Sweden.
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  • Foreword
    Families, parents and caregivers play a central role in child well-being and development. They offer identity, love, care, provision and protection to children and adolescents as well as economic security and stability. Families can be the greatest source of support for children but also – under unfortunate circumstances – the greatest source of harm. Children’s well-being is therefore inextricably linked to parental well-being, and thus investment in all families, complemented by targeted support for the most vulnerable, is of paramount importance for realizing the rights of the child.
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    • Executive Summary
      This report examines and analyses policies and provision for family support and parenting support. The goals of the research are to identify relevant global trends and develop an analytical framework that can be used for future research and policy analysis. For these purposes, new evidence was gathered and existing evidence systematized and analysed. The report is based on general literature searches and evidence gathered from 33 UNICEF national offices, located in different parts of the world, and detailed case studies of nine countries (Belarus, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Jamaica, the Philippines, South Africa and Sweden). The focus was on the features and characteristics of interventions, the underlying rationales and philosophical orientations, and the factors that are driving developments.
    • Prevailing Policy and Provision
      For the purpose of this analysis the key elements of family support and parenting support were conceptualized as forms and modalities, rationales, context and leading actors. The discussion that follows treats each of these in turn.
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