This resource sheet examines programs for Australian Indigenous families that effectively support parenting in the early years. This is not a systematic review of all programs; instead, it presents briefly on the evidence for parenting programs generally and then focuses specifically on the evidence for such parenting programs in helping Indigenous families.
Programs that focus on supporting parenting in the early years aim to influence the behaviours of children, parents or families in order to reduce the risk or ameliorate the effect of less than optimal social and physical environments.
This paper focuses on two types of parenting support programs:
- parenting programs - short-term interventions aimed at helping parents improve their relationship with their child;
- home visiting programs - which include various programs, supports and services delivered to the family by a person visiting the home.