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National parenting strategy

National Parenting StrategyNational parenting strategy launched on 3rd October 2012

Aileen Campbell, MSP Minister for Children and Young People launched the first ever national parenting strategy at the Parenting across Scotland conference on 3 October 2012.
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Helping make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up

Bringing up children is a hugely rewarding job, but it can also be the hardest job there is. That's why we have developed a national parenting strategy - to encourage agencies to work together to improve the support to families across Scotland. It's part of our commitment to ensure all families in Scotland get the help they need when they need it.

We want the best for all our children and as they grow, their needs change and so does the support their parents and carers need, to help children and young people to develop, achieve their potential and grow up to be confident and successful individuals.

It highlights the value and importance of parenting, recognising that parents are the biggest influence on the life chances of our children, the future generation of our society. It's is for mums and dads, grandparents and the wider family, as well as foster, kinship and adoptive parents – in other words, anyone involved in bringing up children. And it covers parenting of children of all ages – from pre-conception and early childhood, through school years and adolescence to adulthood.

At the heart of the Strategy, is the recognition that many parents may need support from time to time, and that the levels of support they will need will vary.

Based on the views of those with a parenting role

To make sure that the strategy is based on the views of parents, we asked partner organisations to engage with parents and others with a parenting role across Scotland between January to May 2012 , seeking their views on what would help them to be the best parents they can be for their children.

With a massive thank you to all the organisations who helped us engage with parents (see the link on the right of the page), about 1,500 people with a parenting role across every local authority area in Scotland, from mums to be, mums, dads, grandparents, kinship carers, adoptive parents and step parents put forward their views.

Feedback received covers parents from all different backgrounds and circumstances including:

  • parents with mental health problems
  • teenage parents
  • parents to be
  • parents with learning difficulties
  • parents of children with disabilities/additional support needs
  • service families
  • parents from black and ethnic minority groups
  • travelling community
  • working parents
  • families affected by imprisonment
  • single parent families
  • parents with substance misuse issues
Bringing up children - your viewsBringing up children - Your views

The magazine Bringing up children – Your views contains the key messages received from the parents and carers feedback. This has shaped the development of the national parenting strategy.

Read 'Bringing up children - Your views | Read 'Bringing up children - Your views (Easy read version)