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National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting, 03/10/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published the National Parenting Strategy which seeks to turn the aspiration for Scotland to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up into practical action.

The National Parenting Strategy sets out a range of targeted commitments. Amongst them are:

  • 18 million over 20122015 to coordinate, improve and deliver high quality, universal parent and family support, with clear supported pathways and intensive support where needed
  • will continue to support non-statutory organisations working with children, young people and families through a new 20 million fund over the next two years, focusing on prevention and early intervention
  • will continue to invest 1 million per year (20122015) in the PlayTalkRead campaign
  • will map provision at national level to identify and address gaps in the information, advice and support available for parents
  • will better represent fathers, including those who live apart from their children, in policies and services, and take steps to increase the number of men in the children and families workforce
  • Recognising the challenges faced by teenage parents, lone parents and parents of disabled children, with specific support to meet their needs
  • will take forward a range of measures to improve the quality of care for looked after children living in a range of circumstances
  • The Scottish Prison Service will develop a set of minimum standards to support children and families visiting relatives in prison
Some of the commitments outlined will take immediate effect while others will take longer to bring about. Progress will be measured throughout, and actions adjusted wherever necessary to make a positive difference through parenting.

For full details see National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting
Scottish Government news release