Parents Matter Conference

Published: 13 March 2009

Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn London EC1N 2NQ

Helping children escape from disadvantage

This major international event is directed at the policy community and other decision makers, and focuses on the role of mothers and fathers in the “escape from disadvantage”

  • Does effective parenting brought about by intervention programmes really make a difference – and are the effects the same with mothers and fathes?
  • To what extent is ineffective parenting a factor locking young children particularly into disadvantaged circumstances in education and the labour market?
  • Can intervention with mothers and fathers still be effective in adolescence?
  • What form should such intervention take?

The role of fathers has been given particular prominence in the conference proceedings.

The programme is in two parts.  Day one is devoted to presenting what is known about the impact of mothers and fathers on life course development, followed by a review of ‘early years’ parenting programmes, including examination of specific projects (in group sessions).  The second day picks up the theme again, but this time the focus is on research evidence and interventions relating to older children and young people.  To what extent is influencing fathers and mothers a critical factor in this later stage of transition to adulthood?

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