The Help Adolescents Thrive (HAT) toolkit seeks to improve programming for adolescent mental health promotion and prevention and to support the implementation of the WHO HAT guidelines on mental health promotive and preventive interventions for adolescents. One core strategy is providing caregivers with the support they need to build their knowledge and skills; to strengthen caregivers’ and adolescents’ relationships; and to support caregivers’ own mental health and well-being.
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.
This guideline provides global evidence-informed recommendations on improving ECD. The key recommendations include that children should be provided with responsive caregiving, that early learning should be promoted, caregiving and nutrition interventions should be integrated, and maternal mental health should be supported.
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).
“The Parenting for Lifelong Health Programme for Young Children is a group-based parenting programme for families with children ages 2 to 9. It has been designed specifically for vulnerable families facing challenges with their children’s behaviour with the goal of promoting positive parenting to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in low-income communities.
It is supported by the Parent Handbook.”
“The book-sharing component of the Mphatlalatsane programme makes use of group presentations and one-on-one assistance from a trained facilitator to provide caregivers with the skills to practice quality book-sharing with their infants or toddlers. Quality book-sharing between a caregiver and young child may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development.
For caregivers of children (1) aged 12-30 months
(2) aged 31-60 months”
The book-sharing component of the Mphatlalatsane programme makes use of group presentations and one-on-one assistance from a trained facilitator to provide caregivers with the skills to practice quality book-sharing with their infants or toddlers. Quality book-sharing between a caregiver and young child may be especially effective as a means of promoting infant cognitive and language development.
For caregivers of children (1) aged 12-30 months
(2) aged 31-60 months
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 Status of Parents and Caregivers During Crises in Six Arab Countries: The Case of COVID-19 Pandemic Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco
This first strategic research model that aims at studying aspects of the early childhood situation in emergencies and crises in Arab countries. This research takes the Corona pandemic as a model for the situation of parents and caregivers during the multi-dimensional crises experienced by the Arab countries. The results of the research will be promoted in the participating countries and at the regional level. Eventually, it would contribute to the dissemination of knowledge related to the early childhood field and constitute a communication tool with relevant entities including ministries, associations, donors, and decision-makers. It also aims at developing new policies that meet the regional ECD needs.
Care for Child Development (CCD) is an evidence-based approach designed to foster stimulation of young children by guiding their parents and caregivers on how to engage in play and communication activities that promote motor, cognitive-language and social-emotional skills. It also strengthens responsive caregiving skills by coaching parents and caregivers during a play interaction with their child to observe, interpret and appropriately respond to their child’s signals.