Period of implementation: 1/5/2020 – 30/4/2022
The main idea of the project is to strengthen parental competencies in socially excluded families or families threatened by social exclusion through a new type of support – professionally moderated parent groups, based on the abroad-proven methodology “Lifelong Healthy Parenting Program for Young Children”. The project aims to develop the professional knowledge of social workers in the field of strengthening parenting skills, and will provide parents with intensive support in the development of parenting competencies.
The project aims to reduce the risk of child abuse and improve children’s behavior in vulnerable families by helping parents develop skills for building positive relationships with children. The project supports the healthy mental and social growth of children who are endangered and deprived during upbringing in a family environment, including the prevention of taking children into alternative care. The project will strengthen parental skills through the pilot introduction of a new type of support – professionally moderated parent groups, which will be attended by parents from socially disadvantaged families. Social workers will be trained in the methodology of the Lifelong Healthy Parenting Program for Young Children, which has been developed in collaboration between the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Universities of Bangor, Cape Town and Oxford. This methodology is based on the evidence-based programs Incredible Years and PPLH.
The project is aimed at social and field workers, to whom it provides an abroad-proven tool to promote parental skills. The project extends the existing model of social services by a new type of support and brings a comprehensive methodology for effective intervention in the family in parental interactions.
The project will enable the participating organizations and social workers to expand their portfolio of services with professionally moderated regular parent groups, which will focus on promoting clients’ parental skills in clearly defined steps.
The PPLH methodology provides social workers with proven parental practices.
Part of the project activities is an effort to procedurally ensure the organization of social services by babysitting children under the guidance of a trained worker at the time of their parents’ participation in the group, using the Incredible Years methodology, which is one of the best evaluated social intervention programs for pre-school children (several decades of RCTs).