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Report - Helping parents to be parents. Support for parenting, an international perspective

Report - Helping parents to be parents. Support for parenting, an international perspective


Vincent Chriqui , Director General of the Centre for Strategic Analysis presented, Monday, 3 September 2012, Dominique Bertinotti , Minister for Family report of the Strategic Analysis Centre

Help parents to be parents
to parenting support, an international perspective

All developed countries now shows a growing appetite for services to support parenting in a context of changing family structures and interest in the logic of "social investment". In this perspective, this report from the Center for Strategic Analysis binds a triple ambition.

The first is to inform the French debate on this issue with a truly international approach. Depending on national contexts, the answers differ: countries tend to target certain audiences, others develop general policies for all parents. In partnership with French and foreign experts, we wanted to identify common trends as well as national features.

Our second goal is to encourage reflection by concrete examples. Fifty and practices are clearly described in this report and listed in the Annex. This is to highlight the most promising devices but also those who most aroused our curiosity. This project has been developed in part as a "toolbox and ideas" for players such policies.

Our third goal is to convey a message: the government interest in developing services to support parenting services in addition to reconcile personal and professional life, and in addition to family cash benefits. It is not only respond to a request, but also to promote the well-being of parents and the "well-becoming" children. To do this, it is necessary to normalize the use of this type of services without any risk of stigmatization or prescription, and responding to new needs concretely expressed or felt by the parents.

Best Practices

  • Diversification objectives, services and intervention methods to address the heterogeneity of needs and expectations of parents.
  • Articulate a general offer with another designed to meet the needs of specific audiences, to cover the entire population.
  • Develop assessment measures to support parenthood to highlight their impact on educational trajectories, professional and personal.
  • Trivialize the use of these services and mix with the public policy of ambitious and coordinated communication.
  • Develop programs run by parents for parents with training and an accompanying specific ( Home Instruction for Preschool Youngsters of Parent - Israel).
  • Facilitate access to support services in developing them in places already frequented by parents (childcare early childhood, schools, health services, or workplace) .

Tags: Parenting, parents, families, support, and integration.

Report coordinated by Marie-Pierre Hamel and Sylvain Lemoine, Centre for Strategic Analysis
in collaboration with Claude Martin, CNRS


Centre d’analyse stratégique