10 Oct 2012
Parents in Scotland will benefit from better access to support as a result of the country’s first national parenting strategy.
The strategy includes investment of £18 million over the next three years to improve access to information, advice and support for parents throughout their children’s lives. More help will be provided for families going through relationship difficulties including a new website and £500,000 towards family counselling and mediation.
The Government’s plans also include the provision of parenting programmes to parents of young children with behavioural problems and a review of the delivery of foster and kinship care.
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said:
“The new National Parenting Strategy builds on the great work already underway to support parents in Scotland. It aims to provide the kind of support parents have told us they want, wherever they live.”
“We know parents or those with a parenting role are the greatest influence on children, so if we’re serious about improving children’s life chances and making Scotland the best place to grow up, we must ensure parents and carers feel empowered, valued, supported and confident in their abilities, while at the same time knowing help is out there if they need it.”
The strategy was shaped by research involving over 1,500 parents and practitioners from across Scotland and aims to address the key issues faced by parents today.
A full copy of the strategy is available here:http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0040/00403769.pdf