Parenting for Lifelong Health: A suite of parenting programmes to prevent violence

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Funded by: Various (including UNICEF, WHO, UBS Optimus Foundation, Ilfa Labantwana)

Project outline

Our aim is to develop and test a suite of affordable, sustainable evidence-based parenting programmes to prevent violence for low-resource settings.  This suite of programmes for different ages of children is called Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) and represents a collaboration between WHO, Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Bangor University in Wales, the Universities of Oxford and Reading in England, and UNICEF. 

Key people in Oxford include Lucie Cluver, Jamie Lachman, Franziska Meinck and Frances Gardner.  Lachman and Gardner have research projects evaluating PLH for Children in South Africa, Thailand, and the Philippines, with further work planned in middle-income countries of Eastern Europe.

  • Dowdall, N, Cooper, P, Tomlinson M, Skeen, S, Gardner, F, & Murray, L. (2017). Benefits of Early Book Sharing (BEBS) for child cognitive and socio-emotional development in South Africa: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials18, 118.
  • Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Yakubovich, A., Doubt, J., Redfern, A., …. Sherr, L, Kaplan, L, Gardner, F. (2016). Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa.  BMC Public Health, 16 (1), 567
  • Ward, C. L, Sanders, M., Gardner, F,  Mikton, C. & Dawes, A. (2015). Effective implementation of parenting programmes in low- and middle-income countries: A public health research agenda. Child Abuse & Neglect, 54, 97-107
  • Ward, C. L, Mikton, C., Cluver, L., Cooper, P., Gardner, F., Hutchings, J., Lachman, J., Murray, L., Tomlinson, M.& . Wessels, I. (2014). Parenting for Lifelong Health: from South Africa to other low-and middle-income countries.  Early Childhood Matters, 212, 49-54.
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