Parenting trial extended
A parenting initiative being trialled in the MidCentral District Health Board region has proved successful and will be extended for another two years.
The Triple P Positive Parenting programme, which began a trial in 2011 in MidCentral, Bay of Plenty, Counties-Manukau and Waitemata DHBs, takes parents through practical caregiving strategies for children mainly aged 3 to 8.
The programme has reached almost 2000 parents or caregivers and will be extended to June 2016.
MidCentral Triple P co-ordinator Nikki Walden said families needed support for various reasons, including grandparents parenting children to parents trying to get their child to stay in bed at night. "With the use of clear, simple and practical resources, we're able to guide whanau to create and implement parenting plans that help to make significant changes in their homes," she said.
"Four sessions is all it takes, and it is heartening to see the changes that whanau make in their lives in such a short time."
Health Minister Tony Ryall said with more than 330 practitioners trained to deliver the programme, even more families would benefit.
"This initiative is making a real difference for many families. Caregivers are reporting their child's behaviour has improved and their parenting is more rewarding and less stressful."
The Government invested $4 million in the trial, with $330,000 of that going to MidCentral over the two years.