Parenting in crisis contexts

Parenting in crisis contexts | University of Oxford

Turkey Syria earthquake aftermath picture with mother and child

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Global Parenting Initiative leaders, including colleagues from Oxford and University of Cape Town, in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF, created Parenting for Lifelong Health, a suite of open access, non-commercialised parenting programmes with a key goal of preventing child maltreatment and involvement in other forms of violence.

Child maltreatment and violence against children, which can happen during stressful or crisis contexts, are dangers to children’s developmental potential. Evidence shows that preventing child maltreatment results in important long-term physical and mental health benefits, as well as socio-occupational benefits on a generational scale.

The PLH programmes are currently being delivered in 40 low- and middle-income countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, South-eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean, and have helped over 15.6 million families in crisis situations, in Ukraine and Pakistan, and now for families affected by the Turkey and Syria earthquakes.

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