This report examines and analyses policies and provision for family support and parenting support. The goals of tthe research are to identify relevant global trends and develop an analytical framework that can be used for future research and policy analysis. For these purposes, new evidence was gathered and existing evidence systematized and analysed. The report is based on general literature searches and evidence gathered from 33 UNICEF national offices, located in different parts of the world, and detailed case studies of nine countries (Belarus, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Jamaica, the Philippines, South Africa and Sweden). The focus was on the features and characteristics of interventions, the underlying rationales and philosophical orientations, and the factors that are driving developments.
The aim of this document is to guide efforts to strengthen evidence-based
programming for parenting of adolescents, in support of UNICEF’s mandate to maximise adolescents’ developmental potential. It is targeted at practitioners and stakeholders working on responses to support parenting and caregiving of
UNICEF’s vision for integrated, multilevel programming moves beyond approaching parents as recipients of information or education, to a more collaborative partnership where there is a co-construction of support for the child as well as for/with the parents themselves. Key features include: 1) moving towards strengths-based rather than “deficit-focused” approaches; 2) employing a life course lens; 3) meeting systems where they are and elevating parenting support in existing platforms; 4) explicit articulation of gender-responsive and disability-inclusive approaches; 5) focus on culturally responsive community engagement and empowerment, and promoting enabling environments to support parents and caregivers.