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(Question No 837)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 15 December 2005, (redirected to the Acting Minister for Children, Youth and Family ):
(1) Further to my question No 565 of 26 August 2005 and your response of 10 October 2005 on money allocated as a result of the Vardon Report for Early Intervention Programs, what specific reasons did the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support have for supporting the Reference Group recommendation to provide training for practitioners (government and non-government) in the Positive Parenting Program;
(2) What specific reasons did the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support have for not providing training for practitioners in the Parent Effectiveness Training program.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) Specifically, the Government supported the Reference Group's recommendation to provide training for practitioners in the Positive Parenting Program because the Positive Parenting Program promotes the following benefits to children and their families:
- The promotion of independence and health in families by enhancing parenting knowledge, skills and confidence;
- The promotion of the development of non-violent, protective and nurturing environments for children;
- The promotion of development, growth, health and social competencies of young children;
- A reduction in the incidence of child abuse, mental illness, behavioural problems, delinquency and homelessness; and
- The enhancement in the competence, resourcefulness and self-sufficiency of parents in raising their children.