BPS framework on inclusive parenting

Earlier this year we published our Technique Is Not Enough (TINE) framework. This document showed that parenting programmes should be socially inclusive according to a new framework document published by the Society this week.

Although evidence-based parenting programmes work, and governments are adopting them as universal child mental health measures, practitioners have found that without adapting programmes to be socially inclusive, they do not attract and retain parents who face a range of social hurdles. 

TINE is designed to ensure effective parenting programmes engage those most likely to benefit: parents on low incomes who are marginalised and socially excluded. It states that if all local programmes adopted this framework participation rates could increase dramatically.

Fabian Davis, Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Social Inclusion group explained: “Parenting programmes enhance parent-child bonding, reduce parental mental ill-health and lessen the chances of children growing up with behavioural problems or worse. We recommend programmes use a range of psychosocial approaches to increase inclusion by involving culturally congruent parent "graduates" in the recruitment and retention of parents. When parents who have already benefited from the programme are involved in delivering the programme to others, it really helps. Parents should also be involved in adapting programmes' content and learning styles to sensitively match participating parents' cultural backgrounds as well as quality control and evaluation.”

The TINE framework describes how programme developers can invest in local parents and practitioners so their parenting programme can become an integral part of education and social care. Genuine co-production between programme developers and local parents, working alongside teachers, health and social care practitioners, can drive effective inclusion. TINE challenges developers to identify the essential ingredients from their current parenting programmes and to clarify what can be adapted to meet local parents' socio-cultural needs, whilst avoiding adaptations that dilute effectiveness.

The document evolved from joint work with families and teachers from an existing programme in an alliance including community health, psychologists, family therapists, social workers and children's rights professionals. The framework is illustrated with examples from 11 UN recommended programmes.

TINE was published in association with a range of organisations including Middlesex University, Save the Children UK, The Social Research Unit, Dartington, The Inclusion Institute, The British Association of Art Therapists and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to ensure that the current interest in parenting programmes translates into co-produced classes that benefit the very parents who most need them.

Read more about TINE in Fabian's Guardian article.