Parenting in a pandemic: helping over 50 million families

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‘Parenting in the time of COVID-19’ update. Project in partnership with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF

Led by Professor Lucie Cluver and Dr Jamie Lachman, the 'Parenting in the time of COVID-19' project was set up to help parents cope with the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Parents and caregivers in lockdown are providing continuous care, alongside increased stress, illness and financial insecurity. UNICEF reports global escalation in child abuse, as seen during school shutdowns of other health emergencies, with severe and lasting public health and economic impacts.

As the UKRI publishes an update on the team's global contribution to the pandemic, we reflect on the project's progress to date.  

Since they were launched back in March, the parenting tips have reached over 50 million families in 179 countries worldwide, and have been translated into 93 languages. 

A remarkable feat within such a short period of time, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, says Professor Cluver, 'whilst the social and economic fallouts of COVID-19 continue, we need to get effective resources to every family in every corner of the world'.

'Over the next six months, with support from the LEGO Foundation, the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division, and the Oak Foundation, we will expand the reach and impact of these resources by developing more interactive ways of engaging parents' – i.e., through text message and app systems, increasing the accessibility for marginalised and vulnerable populations, rapidly scaling-up the resources on a global level, and testing the implementation and effectiveness of different mechanisms to engage parents. 

The resouces produced to date can be accessed on the Parenting for Lifelong Health website: covid19parenting.com