What Works: Parenting Programmes Effective with Whānau

What Works: Parenting Programmes Effective with Whānau
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19 May 2015
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What Works: Parenting Programmes Effective with Whānau has been designed for policy analysts, programme developers and/or funders to provide information on kaupapa Māori and culturally adapted parenting and whanau development programmes, to inform policy and programme development. Kaupapa Māori programmes are those that emerge from within the Māori worldview. Culturally adapted programmes are generic programmes adapted to match the cultural context in which they are delivered.

This paper identifies a range of effective practices occurring across kaupapa Māori and culturally adapted parenting programmes. The range of characteristics of effective programmes include being: whānau-centred, focused on wellbeing, building on strengths, and having skilled Māori facilitators and role models.

Kaupapa Māori and culturally adapted parenting programmes can support whānau through strengthening Māori cultural identity and increasing the knowledge about traditional Māori parenting practices. Kaupapa Māori evaluations identify Māori-specific outcomes, impacts and cultural responsiveness in programme development and implementation.

What Works: Parenting Programmes Effective with Whānau presents and discusses key findings of a review of parenting programmes within the context of whānau. This information was originally published in April 2014 within the research report: Effective Parenting Programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children.

Superu’s What Works: Effective parenting programmes, released in March 2015, explores parenting programmes for the broader New Zealand population

Last update: 21 Oct 2015