Parenting for Lifelong Health is now a registered charity based at Oxford University. In October Professor Judy Hutchings went to Oxford to train people working for the global parenting initiative that is taking forward the parenting for lifelong health programmes. The purpose of the three-day training was to give people a background to the science and evidence underpinning effective parenting interventions, particularly focused on the PLH young children programme targeting parents of 2 to 9-year-olds.
The 19 participants included people from several different countries and with a range of responsibilities including the head of GPI programmes, global South partners from South America, the head of research and range of postdoctoral postdoctoral staff and research students as well as people who had been involved in the development of the teens program and various adaptations including parent chat and other initiatives
It was generally not the intention that the participants would deliver the programme but rather that they would have a good background to the programme and its evidence. There was considerable discussion about issues around programme development and dissemination from a range of participants with considerable experience
The course was very well received and provided the participants with their varied responsibilities with important background knowledge on parenting in general, on delivery skills and the development of PLH programs.
As the programmes are being implemented more widely, particularly across the Global South countries it is likely that this training will be delivered on a regular basis in the parenting for the lifelong health centre in Oxford