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We have reviewed the most effective interventions for promoting health weights among youn children, and conducted a pilot intervention in the six countries named above. An effort was made to include low socio-economic status families. We are still assessing the detailed results, but the first results look promising, and a cost-effectiveness analysis suggests it is very cost-effective.
Preparing for Life (PFL) is a five-year home visiting program targeted at disadvantaged families with children, beginning at pregnancy until the child starts school at age four or five. PFL home visitors provides families with developmental toys for children and public health information on stress control and eating habits, facilitates access to enhanced preschool, and provides access to and a support worker that provides information on public services. Additionally, the programme includes weekly home visits that last between 30 minutes to two hours from a trained mentor and a portion of the Triple P group parent training. The home visiting portion focuses on providing parents with general support and help with parenting issues. The Triple P Positive Parent programme that parents receive a portion of is a separate programme that was integrated into PFL and occurs when the child is two-years old and lasts for eight weeks, consisting of four two-hour in-person sessions, three phone support sessions, and one culminating group session about positive parenting. PFL was developed in 2004 and has served about 200 families.
The European Early Promotion Project (EEPP) was an experimental service to promote children’s mental health and prevent the onset of psychosocial problems in children aged 0-2. The intervention was integrated into the primary health care systems at particular sites within the capital cities of Cyprus (Nicosia), Finland (Tampere), Greece (Athens), Serbia (Belgrade), and the UK (London). The EEPP consists in a cross-cultural method of engaging primary health care professionals (PHCPs) in Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Serbia, and the UK to work with families to promote the psychosocial well-being and development of infants at risk of mental health problems by helping parents adapt and interact to their new parenting situation. The EEPP approach to preventing the onset of child mental health difficulties was as much psychosocial as physical. In addition, it relied on the premise that a positive parent-helper relationship is instrumental to effective family support. The programme trained primary health care workers to conduct promotional interviews with prospective mothers 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after birth, to identify those in need of parenting skills support, and to provide counsel and guidance to families ‘in-need’ for as long as necessary over a 24 month period.
Parenting Young Children (PYC) was developed by the Parenting Research Centre as an education program to help parents with intellectual disability develop skills and confidence in parenting tasks. The skills include basic child care such as feeding, sleeping and safety, and parent–child interactions. PYC is a home-based intensive parent education programme, ideally structured around weekly sessions. Parents are taught to plan stimulating play and learning activities, engaging the child in these activities through positive attention, praise, descriptive statements and modelling. The programme also teaches parents to acquire and maintain skills in childcare, food preparation and handling, meal-time issues, shopping, nutrition, bathing, bedtime and sleeping, personal hygiene, health monitoring, emergency management, safety and living space maintenance. Since each programme is individually tailored based on parent-driven goals, and as all parents have their own individual learning pace, there is no predetermined session length or number of sessions.
Information drawn from Mikaela Starke, Catherine Wade, Maurice A Feldman, and Robyn Mildon. "Parenting with disabilities: Experiences from implementing a parenting support programme in Sweden."
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities,June 2013, vol. 17 no. 2. pp. 145-156
Maximising Income project was developed to support families enrolled in the Home-Start program. Financial hardship is a key factor in the lives of many of the young families that Home-Start supports. The Maximising Income project was set up in response to this and to explore whether some of these families may not be accessing all the welfare benefits and charitable grants available to them. The main tools and services used to support families in the Maximising Income project were an online benefits checker and a grants search. A free, confidential telephone helpline was also used and this provided customised support to undertake benefits checks, grants searches and to provide support for using the online services.
Information drawn from Barrett, Helen, and Elizabeth Young. Working Together to Maximise Income for Families of Young Children: Evaluation Report. September 2011.