COVID-19 Parenting response wins the Oxford Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Engagement 2022 award

vc innovation and evaluation award  team

(L-R) Dr Inge Vallance, Saara Thakur, Dr Isang Awah, Dr Jamie Lachman, Professor Lucie Cluver, and Professor Frances Gardner

Congratulations to Dr Jamie Lachman, Professor Lucie Cluver and colleagues who are the winners of the Covid-19 response category in the Vice-Chancellor Innovation Awards 2022 for their work on providing 'playful parenting emergency resources' during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was an evidence-based parenting programme that helped to reduce violence against children and improve child wellbeing during the pandemic.

The team developed and tested the Parenting for Lifelong Health suite of in-person parenting programmes, which had been delivered to 300,000 families by the beginning of 2020. 

Commenting on the award Dr Lachman said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the Vice Chancellor for what has truly been a collaborative team effort within Oxford and with our 240 partners across the world. COVID-19 pandemic and other humanitarian crises continue to have a devastating impact on the lives of parents and their children.

It is our hope to build on our learnings from the COVID-19 Playful Parenting Emergency Response to continue providing evidence-informed parenting support where and when it is needed the most. Many thanks to the LEGO Foundation and Oak Foundation for making this possible through the Global Parenting Initiative, a 5-year project aimed at scaling parenting interventions and research in the Global South.”

Read more about the award.