WHO guidelines on parenting interventions to prevent maltreatment and enhance parent–child relationships with children aged 0–17 years
Child maltreatment is a global public health problem. It can have detrimental and long-lasting effects on the development and health of children. Child maltreatment occurs most frequently in the home at the hands of parents and other caregivers, although it is also prevalent in other settings. Parenting interventions strengthen the quality of parent–child relationships and help parents and caregivers develop alternatives to violent disciplining.
Parent and caregiver support initiatives lead to various outcomes, including improved parent-child relationships, enhanced communication skills for children and parents, better understanding of child development, reduced parenting stress, increased confidence in parenting abilities, and a decrease in behavioural problems in children. There is a need to act urgently to provide support for parents and caregivers and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Letter to the Editor: We call upon the international community to prioritize disseminating caregiver support tools alongside their humanitarian response, recognizing that this must start now as a primary need and definitive step in humanitarian protection.
The Little Book for Parenting Programmes: Applying Behavioural Science to Increase Caregiver Engagement
Behavioural science can increase the impact of parenting programmes by providing insights on why parental engagement issues arise and recommending solutions to address them. This guide outlines several of these insights and provides guidance on how to apply them. It is intended for implementers, policymakers and donors involved in parenting programmes.