A major conference on ‘supporting positive parenting’ brought together experts from across the world.
The conference ‘Helping Families Change’ hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and brought together specialists from around the globe to share their knowledge and experience of positive parenting.
The three day conference focussed on how effective positive parenting can be and what can be done to offer parents support in all aspects of parenting, particularly during the early years of a child’s life. It also highlighted the negative things that can affect a child’s life including divorce and obesity.
The conference offered the opportunity for experts from other countries to share with Glasow experts their experiences of dealing with these issues.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Glasgow is a city of great contrasts with breathtaking architecture, fabulous shopping and world-class museums. However, it is also home to many of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland with high levels of child poverty, substance abuse and low life expectancy.
“As an NHS we need to do all we can to address these problems and one of our priorities is ensuring children get the best possible start in life. Working with Glasgow City Council and our other local authority partners we have adopted the Triple P programme which works with parents offering support and intervention on positive parenting.
“The conference brought together experts from around the world, including Professor Matthew Sanders who developed the Triple P Programme, to ensure Glasgow is leading the way in positive parenting.
“By understanding how other countries deal with some of the issues facing Glasgow we can ensure that what we offer parents is a package of support that deals with their needs.”
The Triple P Programme is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family relationships. It doesn’t tell people how to parent but gives simple and practical strategies that can be adapted to suits parents owns needs. It has already been rolled out in Greater Glasgow and Renfrewshire, and the next phase is the Inverclyde area.
The programme for the three day event included:
The Importance of the Early Years: Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government.
Parenting Interventions: Dr Frances Gardner, Professor of Child & Family Psychology, University of Oxford.
Evaluation of the Parenting Early Intervention programme in England: Professor Geoff Lindsay, Director, Centre for Educational Development, university of Warwick.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do… but it May Improve Child Mental Health Care: Dr John Weisz, President and CEO, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard University.
Parenting Interventions to Reduce Violence: John Carnochan, Detective Chief Supintendent, Violence Reduction Unit.
Recent Advances in Parenting Interventions: Professor Stephen Scott, Professor of Child Health and Behavious, The Institute of Psychiatry – London.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]ot.nhs.uk.