Evidence-based parenting programmes and interventions are a scalable and cost-effective way to support parents and caregivers and prevent abuse, neglect and adversity in childhood. They contribute to good mental health and well-being for children and their caregivers and reduce risk-taking behaviours throughout the life course. Once initial start-up costs have been covered, the cost of delivering parenting interventions per family is roughly comparable to the cost of a routine childhood vaccination programme.
Issued by WHO, UNICEF and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, this brief advocacy document Universal parenting support to prevent abuse and neglect: a policy call for national governments describes how a minimum package of well-evidenced parenting support can significantly prevent abuse and neglect of children. Furthermore, it recommends a universal approach to benefit every parent or caregiver.
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