Parenting in the early years

Effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families


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Content type
Practice guide

August 2012


Parents play a critical role in their children's development and learning. This resource sheet examines what we know about programs for Australian Indigenous families that effectively support parenting in the early years.It reviews parenting and home-visiting programs in general, and then focuses on the evidence for programs aimed at Indigenous families. It outlines what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed.

This resource sheet also discusses the promising practices and recommendations of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care.

This report was produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was a Council of Australian Governments’ initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies was funded from 2009 to 2014 to deliver the Clearinghouse.

Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families (PDF 214 KB)