Many parenting programmes are effective and support family wellbeing by improving parenting practices and thereby reducing the risks associated with child maltreatment.
This review found:
- There are many effective parenting programmes and these share common characteristics.
- Evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes in New Zealand, including what works with Maori and Pasifika parents, is limited.
- Some programmes have shown effectiveness for parents of vulnerable children, although few directly measure impacts on child maltreatment.
- A range of parenting programmes based on rigorous selection, implementation and evaluation practices is needed.