Parenting Education Within Contexts of Vulnerability and Child Protection: Positive Parenting, Resilience and Vulnerability

The purpose of this presentation is to reflect on parenting education in the context of child welfare and child protection from the perspective of two promising approaches, resilience and positive parenting. The family is the first context of socialisation for children and strengthening this is a priority if we are to avoid situations of social exclusion.

Parenting programmes help to empower parents as well as strengthening their parenting skills, thereby contributing to the construction of a form of parenting that is unique to their family but that is under the umbrella of children’s rights and child welfare. The development of positive parenting, together with the development of resilience, become protective or mitigating factors in situations of adversity, such as poverty or in prevention of abuse.

The experiments carried out by the research group GRISIJ (Grupo de investigación en intervenciones socioeducativas en la infancia y la juventud – Research group for social-educational interventions in childhood and adolescence) on the development and evaluation of parenting education within the framework of child protection and in situations of vulnerability, provide a good starting point for this reflection.

In light of evaluations of the educational programmes implemented, the participation in international projects, such as the GIFT Project (Growing in Family Today), and of society, which is becoming more and more diverse, we see the need to introduce a third point of reflection: diversity and how it is addressed in parenting programmes within the framework mentioned above.

Looking at the role of diversity in the context of educational programmes based on positive parenting and resilience may provide a platform to exchange perspectives to address a topic that is found within other areas of education.

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