Designing Parenting Programmes for Violence Prevention: A Guidance Note
Parent and caregiver support is a key strategy to ending violence against children. According to INSPIRE, "Helping parents and caregivers to understand the importance of positive, non-violent discipline in child development and of close, effective parent-child communication reduces harsh parenting practices, creates positive parent-child interactions and helps increase bonding between parents or other caregivers and children – all factors that help prevent violence against children". This Guidance Note has been developed to support UNICEF and their partners implement parenting interventions for violence prevention, and includes an explicit focus on addressing the gender norms that underpin violence. It brings together the current evidence and emerging experience of the importance of supporting positive parenting in the prevention of and response to all forms of violence, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.