Key points for LDATs

  • Parenting programs or services aim to improve outcomes for children by increasing parents’ knowledge, skills and capacity as a caregiver, as well as strengthening relationships between parents and their children.1
  • Programs are usually delivered for children aged 0-16 years and may involve someone other than the child’s biological parent, such as grandparents, step-parents, foster parents or other carers.2
  • Parenting programs are effective at improving parenting practices and child development, which can help prevent alcohol and other drug (AOD) harms and improve a range of health and social outcomes.1
  • Parenting programs can help reduce known AOD risk factors in children and promote protective factors.

Examples of these risk and protective factors3-6:

Risk factors

  • Family alcohol and drug issues
  • Family conflict
  • Harsh or inconsistent parenting
  • Parental supply of alcohol
  • Favourable parental attitudes towards alcohol use

Protective factors

  • A sense of belonging or connectedness to family
  • Parental involvement
  • Family rituals/celebrations held and maintained
  • A caring relationship, even with one parent/and or carer
  • Clear rules against alcohol use

Read more about risk and protective factors.

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