The provision of educationally focused parenting programmes in England

Hallam, S., Rogers, L., Shaw, J. and Rhamie, J. (2007) The provision of educationally focused parenting programmes in England. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 22, (3), 307-326. (doi:10.1080/08856250701430901).


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In recent years there has been an increased recognition of the importance of parenting and the way in which parenting programmes can be an effective intervention in changing behaviour and parent/child interactions. The aim of this research, funded by the DfES, was to provide a map of parenting programme provision in England. In the first phase of the research data were collected through responsible Local Authority (LA) officers from all LAs in England to explore the different types of parenting programmes available. On the basis of findings from phase 1 of the research, twenty examples of particular types of parenting programmes were selected for more in depth study. In phase two field-visits were undertaken to parenting programmes and interviews undertaken with staff. The paper reports the extent to which LAs have access to or provide educationally related parenting programmes in England and the nature of that provision including infrastructure, organisation and funding; the set up of programmes and referral systems; participants and dropouts; types of programmes; programme content and follow up; evaluation; staff training; and difficulties experienced in providing such programmes and for parents in accessing them. The findings are discussed in the light of the implementation of Parenting Orders and the operationalisation of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/08856250701430901
ISSNs: 0885-6257 (print)
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Keywords: parenting, behaviour, adult learning
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 25088
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2007Published
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:47

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