Publications

The needs assessment study concerning parenting education and the need of support services for parents

“The needs assessment study concerning parenting education and the need of support services for parents ” (in course of being elaborated) is part of the project “Promoting the National Strategy for Parenting Education”, implemented by Fundația Copiii Noștri in partnership with Federația Organizațiilor Neguvernamentale pentru Copil (The Federation of Nongovernmental Organizations for Children, Romania) and the Swiss organisation Formation des Parents – CH (Lausanne, Switzerland).

The research was done in 16 counties (two counties for each region of development of Romania) and 2 sectors of Bucharest. In each county and sector, different questionnaires were applied (for decision persons/parents), by direct interviews organised by the teachers who participated in the study, on a total sample of 1175 subjects, out of which 704 were parents and 471 were decision persons and professionals.

The study will be finalized and edited during 2016.

Guide for professionals who organize parenting education courses and meetings with the parents

The “Guide for professionals who organize parenting education courses and meetings with the parents” aims to be a useful instrument for professionals who organize meetings with the parents. The purpose of the „Guide” is to support parents in building safe and secure relationships with their children, by understanding the basic mechanisms for the child`s behaviour and by gaining the necessary abilities in order to influence the child`s behaviour in a positive way. Although they are not designed for specific categories of parents exclusively; the parenting education activities described in this „Guide” are very suitable for disadvantaged communities.

The „Guide” describes different specific elements of disadvantaged families, general guidelines for holding meetings with the parents, as well as education processes. In addition, the „Guide” presents 8 workshops, with practical activities and information, on themes like giving attention to the child, establishing boundaries and interdictions, communication and quality time, as well as 8 useful themes for discussions with the parents: ways to prevent accidents, how to talk to children about sexuality, the involvement of the father in the child`s life, the importance of playing for the development of the child etc.

The „Guide” was tested by teachers from 2 localities, a small town – Câmpia Turzii of Cluj County and a village – Ștefan cel Mare of Călărași County. The testing was done during several meetings with the parents which were organized in kindergartens and schools. The conclusions of these experimental meetings were used for the completion of the final form of the „Guide”

The “Guide for professionals who organize parenting education courses and meetings with the parents” is printed in 200 copies which will be distributed during the project.