The key steps involved in delivering positive parenting programs are provided below as a useful starting point for developing your Community Action Plan and informing your approach. These steps provide an indicative guide; it is important to tailor your approach to your local community.

a)     Identifying partners

A critical role of an LDAT in facilitating or supporting a positive parenting project  is to engage with their community to put parenting issues on the public agenda and to motivate the community to take action.

LDATs should not deliver positive parenting programs unless the organisations in their team have the appropriate expertise. In the circumstances that they don’t have the required expertise, the primary role of LDATs should be to support ‘suitably qualified’ community organisations to deliver quality positive parenting programs. 

This can be done in a number of ways, including:

  •      engaging with community organisations to raise awareness of the importance of positive parenting and motivate them to take action
  •      linking community organisations to evidence-informed positive parenting programs
  •      strengthening existing parenting programs.


Tips for engaging the community:

  1. Identify community organisations that you may partner with: working with community partners.
  2. Identify key contacts within these organisations. 
  3. Identify one or more  people in these organisations who can act as a champion and invest time into your project.. These people may be in leadership roles, have an influential personality, or be a proactive person who is passionate about preventing alcohol and other drug harms. For example, key contacts may include local parents, kindergarten teachers and librarians, through to one or more staff employed by local council, or other specialist community support services. (Meet face-to-face if you can rather than relying on email.)
  4. When discussing positive parenting, promote the benefits to children, parents, families and the broader community. Show potential partners how positive parenting aligns with their core business and values.
  5. Find a hook and answer the question for them: ‘What’s in it for me?’. For example, are they motivated to deliver positive parenting due to their existing organisational charter, due to related problems they’re facing (e.g. drug use, poor attendance etc.), or does the impact of these problems impact their existing broader client base?

b)    Linking community organisations to quality parenting programs

A key role of an LDAT is to link community organisations to quality positive parenting programs, which may include:

  • existing parenting programs, such as Triple P: Positive Parenting Program 
  • expert trainers, facilitators and guest speakers, sourced from local networks or peak bodies.


c)     Strengthening existing parenting programs

It is likely that a number of parenting programs are being delivered locally by community organisations (e.g. many libraries have ‘storytime’ sessions for young children and their parents). Draw on your local knowledge and networks to identify existing activity and consider how your group can work with community organisations to support and strengthen their existing efforts.

Some ways that LDATs can act as a resource for community organisations that are delivering positive parenting programs include:

  • providing community organisations with access to resources and evidence around local needs
  • link groups with local initiatives (e.g. upskilling opportunities for parents) or networks and promote collaboration.

This kind of information can be drawn from the LDAT's initial community consultation.  

d)    Supporting community organisations with communication

Communication around positive parenting is important, and if done poorly, may lead to poor uptake of programs and parent backlash due to parents being misinformed about the purpose, content and outcomes/benefits of the program.

Your group can support community organisations with communication. This may include helping groups to develop promotional materials, promoting programs to parents and providing a sounding board on how to frame and communicate different activities.

Key considerations when communicating positive parenting programs:

  •      one of the biggest challenges of delivering positive parenting programs is ensuring parents know how to reach out for help; focus on raising awareness of programs, how the programs can help families and where parents can find them
  •      ensure all communication is inclusive. Parenting programs are for all parents, including fathers, grandparents and carers
  •      focus on normalising the idea that parenting programs help all parents, not just those with more severe problems
  •      be positive and supportive. Avoid language that may be perceived as judgemental
  •      focus on the positives. Positive parenting programs deliver benefits for children, parents, families and the broader community.

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