Parents have the most beautiful and most demanding task – taking care of children, ensuring their wellbeing, and raising them. The modern family faces numerous challenges and often very high expectations. Therefore, it is not surprising that in our research both parents and the wider public agree that it is necessary to provide additional, professional support in raising children. This need is also felt by the parents of girls and boys with disabilities who face special needs and challenges.
Parents who face financial problems, unemployment and illness need strong societal support, so that crises do not jeopardise the rights of children. Research shows that children growing up in families at risk more frequently witness violence or are victims of violence themselves. Continued investments in work with families who are found to be in some sort of risk or who treat their children inadequately play an important role in protecting their wellbeing.
In addition to the responsibility of parents towards children, the Convention on the Rights of the Child mentions in its Article 18 the responsibility of society to help parents in raising their children. This is why it is crucial to make sure that society provides parents with support in the care of their child.