Delivering effective parenting programmes to change lives

Elena Rosa Brown, Lorraine Khan & Michael Parsonage

15 October 2012

This is the most comprehensive review to date of the implementation of parenting programmes for children with severe behavioural problems. It sets out the findings of a major study by the Centre for Mental Health based on detailed local fieldwork and a new national survey of parenting leads as well as published research. It identifies and analyses in detail the crucial factors that make some interventions far more effective than others, and considers in depth and in detail the key requirements of successful implementation and the main barriers that hamper existing efforts.

The report finds that the availability of evidence-based interventions falls far short of what is needed and the quality of services is very variable. Many programmes fail to target those who need them most, take-up rates are low and drop-out rates are high. Staff are not always adequately trained or supervised. We know what works in terms of the design and content of effective interventions but we need to know far more about how to ensure these programmes are effectively delivered on the ground. The research findings presented in this report will help commissioners, providers and practitioners to bridge this gap.

Audience: Policy makers, Department for Education, Health and Wellbeing Boards, children's services, schools.

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Please note: the literature review was incorporated into the report before publication. The report includes the key points.