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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 Investment to Improve Parenting Significant growth since 2006 including: 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; over 3,500 Parent Support Advisors linked to schools Family Intervention Projects will be operating in every LA by March 2010 – with a target to reach 10,000 parents a year by Each LA has two parenting experts able to provide one to one support to improve parenting skills Each LA has funding for a Parenting Early Intervention project (parents of at risk children aged 8-13) Progress on parental confidence and empowerment now tracked at national level through Annual Parent Opinion Survey

3 Workforce Skills Critical  Evidence is overwhelming of the power of parenting interventions to change behaviour  Skill of the practitioner in delivering the intervention demonstrated to be critical to its effectiveness  A small number of strongly evidenced manualised programmes dominated and polarised the national debate

4 Wide range of Practice Many locally produced programmes FAST Easy Tiger Parents System 24-7 Parenting Develop Your Child Coaching Family Learning HomestartFamily Links Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Solihull Approach HENRY

5 Improve Practice Mechanisms required to:  Improve intervention choice  Improve fidelity to proven practice  Continue to develop understanding of effective practice where there are gaps in current knowledge Work of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners addresses all of these

6 Response from the Sector  Commissioning Toolkit has been well received – looking at next phase of development and application of model to other sectors  Effective dissemination of learning from current trials  Evaluation of practice post-training innovative for a “skill area” rather than a “profession”.

7 Discussion Point Are there lessons that could be drawn from this into your own policy/delivery situation?

8 Contact details Contact:Julia Gault, Family Engagement Division, DCSF Tel:


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