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Children: Parenting

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Scott of Needham Market Baroness Scott of Needham Market Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional training to support the wider delivery of parenting interventions, and to maintain the quality of those interventions.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

A well trained workforce is critical to the delivery of effective parenting interventions.

In 2010-11 the Government funded training (through the Children's Workforce Development Council) to deliver evidence-based parenting programmes for 1,000 practitioners. Building on this, the Government are supporting a range of measures to assist local areas in ensuring that the workforce is appropriately trained, including:

making available on the Department for Education website a range of regularly updated training resources for local areas and organisations to deliver the level 3 and level 4 work with parents qualifications. These are the qualifications for the parents and families' workforce. In 2011-12 the Children's Workforce Development Council was funded by the Government to train 80 new local authority trainers in the delivery and assessment of the new level 4 award;working with City and Guilds to enable them to develop new units in the work with parents qualification, ensuring they have access to up-to-date policy information particularly in relation to troubled families. New units have just been made available at level 3 (relating to support for families with complex and multiple needs; and support for parents in their couple relationship) and a range of further units are being developed at level 4;in June 2012 the Government announced an expansion of the scheme under which local authorities get financial incentives to tackle the most troubled families. The Government are diverting £448 million from existing departmental budgets over four years to help identify families in need of help, make sure they get access to the right services and ensure that action is taken. Local areas will decide how this money is used, but it is anticipated that some of it will be spent on training to support the delivery of parenting interventions; andthe Department for Education website also provides local commissioners with information about evidence-based parenting interventions including details of the training requirements for successful delivery of the programme. All those featured have recently been independently reviewed to ensure they have a rigorous evidence base.

www.education.gov.uk/commissioning-toolkit.

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