The Parenting Information Project, funded under the National Agenda for Early Childhood, has been designed to identify best practice parenting programs and information for Australian families and the most appropriate service delivery mechanisms, and to develop products and/or programs. The Parenting Information Project has two phases. The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) has been engaged to undertake phase one of this project, and this literature review comprises part of phase one.
The review is in two parts. Part A, ‘Parenting and the factors that influence it’, was undertaken by the Victorian Parenting Centre, Melbourne. Part A summarises the current state of knowledge about the factors that impinge upon parenting, including characteristics of the parent and child, and the social, familial and environmental context. The purpose is to inform the development of parenting information, education and supports to assist parents of infants and young children. Part B, ‘Approaches to supporting optimal parenting’, was prepared by Jennifer Parrott of the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Dr Frances Page Glascoe of Vanberbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Part B looks at the most effective ways to help families parent their children and acquire the parenting skills they need.
The second stage of the Parenting Information Project involves substantial consultation with key professionals, policy makers and parents in each Australian state and territory to identify what information and programs would better support parents and when and how this information is best provided. This consultation process is largely complete and will culminate with a national workshop in late April 2004 to build on key findings and identify directions for the possible development and testing of parenting products and/or programs for possible implementation during a third project stage. The findings of stage two will be documented in a separate report.