Parenting for Lifelong Health is a major programme of research aimed at developing, testing, and taking to scale affordable, sustainable evidence-based parenting programmes to prevent violence for low-resource settings. Now, thanks to funding from Horizon 2020, researchers from our Department are joining with partners from across Europe to kick-start the extension of the programme into Southeastern Europe through RISE.
Today Dr Jamie Lachman
and Professor Frances Gardner
are in Macedonia, where they are meeting with key stakeholders to begin the first phase of the RISE project. Government ministers, mayors, academics, UNICEF representatives, child and adolescent experts, and educational psychologists and trainers are coming together from across the country to hear about the RISE project and discuss the implementation of PLH in their regions.
Jamie Lachman, research officer here at DSPI, says: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to apply one of the most cutting-edge research methods using the Multiphase Optimisation Strategy framework to optimse parenting programmes to improve child mental health and reduce violence against children in Southeastern Europe. The response from stakeholders has been extremely positive, laying the foundation for active engagement as we implement the study over the next four years."
Jamie will be travelling throughout the region to other country partners in Moldova and Romania this week to begin Phase 1 of RISE, and we look forward to the next steps for this vital research.