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Public policies supporting positive parenthood: new policies perspectives. The proceedings of the ChildONEurope Seminar on positive parenthood (Florence, Istituto Degli Innocenti, 23 May 2013)

Number of pages70
PublisherFlorence : ChildONEurope
  • ChildONEurope Series; 8
Publication date2014

The European interinstitutional network ChildONEurope organizes seminars in order to endorse and support the discussion over sensitive issues in the framework of child social policy. ChildONEurope has been proactive in the social policy sectors since its inception, in particular, because the issues to be addressed by the ChildONEurope annual seminar are indicated by its General Assembly, the decision making body of the network which is composed of both national Ministries competent on social policy addressed to children and adolescents and national observatories monitoring the condition of the youngest generation. Therefore, the thematic focus of each ChildONEurope annual seminar is related to the needs of children and adolescents as intercepted at the national level by policymakers and monitoring institutions. This eighth volume of the ChildONEurope Series contains the collection of papers related to the European Seminar on ‘Public policies supporting positive parenthood: new policy perspectives' held at the ChildONEurope headquarters in Florence, on 23 May 2013. During the ChildONEurope General Assembly of October 2012, the partners of the network decided to dedicate the tenth ChildONEurope Seminar to the issue of positive parenthood. This choice was meant to continue the discussion started during the previous ChildONEurope Seminar on out-of-home children (October 2012). The support to positive parenthood is perceived by NGOs as well as governments as one of the main efforts in the prevention of family breakdown. Thus, this tenth seminar had the intention of sharing good practices and positive experiences on what works in parenting support and the discussion were focused on the effectiveness of parenting support programmes in the light of evidence-based research and practice in recent decades. The overall purpose was to identify what is known about ‘what works' and to agree on key points for policy-makers regarding practice, research and overarching national policies. For these reasons the experts who contributed to the debate - as a general characteristic of the ChildONEurope seminars - were representatives of three main sectors, namely: policy-makers, academic scholars and practitioners operating in the field. The plenary debate started with the contribution of Maria Herzog, Member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child who provided a critical overview on the approach of the UN CRC Committee. The European dimension of the debate on parenting support policies in Europe was addressed in the contribution of Mary Daly, Professor at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She underlined how countries are explicitly prioritising the provision of support to parents above and beyond measures for child welfare and childcare. Whereas in the past parenting was taken for granted except in ‘problem cases', today the related policies constitute a very significant development not least because they indicate a change in perspective about how child well-being and the role of parents is understood. A practical example of this change of attitudes toward policies dedicated to positive parenthood was provided by Paola Milani, Professor at the Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Padua, Italy, who presented the evolution of parenting support policies in Italy and the project PIPPI - Programma d'intervento per la prevenzione dell'istituzionalizzazione (Intervention Program to Prevent Institutionalization). The second session of the seminar was dedicated to a comparative approach to new European policies trends. To this session contributed experts such as Mona Sandbæk, Head 7 of Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy at Oslo, Norway and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, who participated also as representative of the Services to Support Positive Parenting of the Council of Europe and Agata D'Addato, Senior Policy Coordinator at Eurochild, who presented a comparative European study of policies and practices on parenting support. The proceedings contained in this publication include as well two of the contributions of the discussion panels. In particular: For thoughtful family support in public policies planning introduced by Benoît Parmentier, General Director of the Office de la Naissance et de l'Enfance (ONE), French Community of Belgium; Service user perspectives: Messages from research, introduced by Harriet A. Churchill, Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Social Studies, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

  • Positive parenthood
  • Out-of-home children
  • Policy
  • Children's rights
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RUGGIERO, Roberta, (ed.). Public policies supporting positive parenthood: new policies perspectives. The proceedings of the ChildONEurope Seminar on positive parenthood (Florence, Istituto Degli Innocenti, 23 May 2013). Florence : ChildONEurope, 2014. (ChildONEurope Series)
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