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 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:
A key role of an LDAT is to link community organisations to quality positive parenting programs, which may include:
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:
This kind of information can be drawn from the LDAT's initial community consultation.
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: