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.

The influence of parenting support on multiple child and family outcomes

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).