- Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:33
The Benevolent Society has recently published five evidence briefs produced by the Parenting Research Centre.
Findings confirm that investment in parenting and family support in the early years is worthwhile, especially to developmentally vulnerable children. In particular, findings for parenting and family support included: strong evidence that it improves problematic child behaviour such as aggression and disruptive behaviour; and good evidence that it improves the social, cognitive, academic and receptive and expressive language outcomes for children.
Home visiting by professionals was found to have some benefit for children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.
Policymakers and agency leaders can access the briefs to inform decisions related to the use of parenting, family support and home-visiting programs. The briefs describe the evidence for these programs improving several child learning and development outcomes, as well as the role of parent involvement in interventions.
Our overall process involved summarising, evaluating and translating evidence into meaningful and usable information.
The brief on supported playgroups provides an overview of recent research sourced through a targeted literature search. The other four briefs drew on existing systematic reviews, which provide the most comprehensive assessment of the evidence.
Evidence brief topics
- Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving emotional outcomes for children
- Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving language, cognitive and communication outcomes for children
- Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children
- Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving social outcomes for children
- Supported playgroups for children from birth to five years
Read more about the briefs on The Benevolent Society website.