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  • More than 400 parents from 30 communities islandwide have been equipped with knowledge and strategies to better raise their children without using abusive actions, while promoting positive communication.
  • The training was facilitated under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III Parenting Education Programme and included one-on-one in-home intensive coaching, as well as workshops, over a six-month period.
  • The programme, which was rolled out in November 2017, builds on a pilot project that was implemented by the CSJP III in the western section of the island with positive results.

More than 400 parents from 30 communities islandwide have been equipped with knowledge and strategies to better raise their children without using abusive actions, while promoting positive communication.

The training was facilitated under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III Parenting Education Programme and included one-on-one in-home intensive coaching, as well as workshops, over a six-month period.

The programme, which was rolled out in November 2017, builds on a pilot project that was implemented by the CSJP III in the western section of the island with positive results.

A total of 284 parents and 22 community parent trainers formed the latest batch of graduates from the programme. They were recognised during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew, on October 24.

The Parenting Education Programme seeks to reduce the incidence of corporal punishment by parents; promote positive communication; help parents establish effective rules; improve parental involvement in the lives of children; train parents in conflict resolution techniques; and promote a cadre of Community Parent Trainers (CPTs) in each region as resource persons in communities to assist parents in achieving the desired goal.

In her address at the ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, encouraged the graduates to be ambassadors for effective parenting within their communities.

“It takes a village to raise a child…and while this task can be overly demanding, we parents are not alone. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme is part of that village… and has seen the need to assist with guiding parents with their parenting styles, improving their parenting styles, impacting more than 400 parents in over 30 communities through intense training,” she said.

Ms. McIntosh said the programme transcends traditional support mechanisms within the community-based projects by readily providing various resources into which parents can tap.

She urged them to become better parents while strengthening the bonds with their children.

“Never label your child and always encourage your child’s wildest dreams and aspirations, and always find key positive people to reinforce [positive messages],” she encouraged.

Graduate of the programme, Desmond Morris, told JIS News that the initiative has helped him to communicate more effectively with his children, while building more positive relationships with them.

He noted, too, that he has been sharing the knowledge received from the programme with members of his community in St. James.

Programme Manager, CSJP III, Orville Simmonds, hailed the programme as being one of the most successful parenting initiatives in the country.

The training curriculum was endorsed by the National Parenting Support Commission, and the intervention is being evaluated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Preliminary findings point to a significant impact on the behaviour of parents and their children.

The six-month training programme uses a range of strategies to give parents the capacity for effective parenting without the use of coercion.

Other objectives of the initiative include helping parents to establish effective rules as a strategy to monitor and supervise children; improve parental involvement in the lives of their children to reduce antisocial behaviour, and train parents in conflict resolution techniques to correct attitudes that will help children manage conflict and stem the rise of violence.