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10.10.12 Think Parents!

The European conference on parenting support - 10-12 October 2012 in The Hague

Parenting support is an important and growing domain in professional practice, research and policy all over Europe. While parenting is in many respects private, it is also a social responsibility. More and more interventions are being introduced to support parents raising their children and governments introduce grants and schemes for supporting parents.

Evidence starts to show that parenting support can make a difference and knowledge is made available through research on what works in parenting support. Parenting support concerns practitioners, decision makers and researchers, as well as parents. We will bring these disciplines together to discuss how parenting support contributes to better outcomes for children and parents.

Eurochild and its partners the Netherlands Youth Institute, the University of Amsterdam and the Council of Europe are inviting to this timely conference, which is further supported by the Bernard van Leer foundation, the Netherlands organisation for health research and development, the city of the Hague and the Ministry of Health.

10 – 12 October 2012 in The Hague, Netherlands

Call for workshop presentations

The conference offers a multi-professional and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share views and experiences by arranging plenaries, workshops and informal social meeting places. National and European perspectives will contribute to a better understanding of what works in parenting support. The objective  of the conference is to exchange knowledge on what is currently known about the usefulness of parent skills training programmes for parents at different family life-stages and in different social settings and circumstances and, in particular, to find out what is currently known about the scope of parenting skills training programmes and about practices concerned with their delivery. The overall message is 'Think Parents!'.

Registration is now open: click here.

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