Parents are being offered the chance to shape parenting support and services of the future.
A major new parenting survey has been launched to find out the real issues affecting families in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
The survey commissioners – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Parenting and Family Research Programme at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) – want parents to let them know what support they need and where they need it most to ensure that services can be tailored to their needs.
The feedback from parents will also feed into an international parenting conference - Helping Families Change - which is to be held in Glasgow next month and will be attended by policy makers, researchers and practitioners who work with families from across the globe.
Dr Kerri McPherson, Deputy Director of the Parenting and Family Research Programme at GCU, said: “In academic and research circles too much is assumed about what parents need in the way of support. With this survey we aim to test this assumption and we want to hear from parents themselves about the issues that they struggle with so that services of the future can be organised around these real priorities.”
Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC Director of Public Health, said: “Parents in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area are already very well served in terms of the support that is available, especially since the introduction of the effective Triple P parenting programme, however there is still more that we can do to understand more about the key issues affecting families and that is why this survey is so important. I would urge all parents to get involved and take part.”
Unlike many factors in Scottish life the burning issues where parenting is concerned are not generally divided by socio-economics.
Dr Kerri McPherson explained: “In general terms the same issues affect parents no matter what their circumstances. These issues can range from relatively simple problems like potty training and toddler temper tantrums through to helping your child cope with bullying, self esteem issues and behavioural problems.”
“Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual and through this survey we hope to further understand what parents need from our services and how, when and where they need it for it to be of most benefit to them and their children.”
The on-line survey is open to all parents by clicking on: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Parenting_survey
For more information please contact the NHSGGC Press Office on 0141 201 4429 or e-mail [email protected]