Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Providing parents with information

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today released the Parenting Information Project report prepared by the Centre for Community Child Health on the importance of providing parenting information that targets parents, professionals and the community

“The report has drawn from a wide-ranging review of Australian and international research, consultations with parents and professionals, an audit of existing parenting information, and a workshop with early childhood experts to bring together evidence to develop directions and priorities.

“It recommends a new perspective on supporting parents, proposing a framework acknowledging parents’ ongoing ability to learn and adapt to the ever-changing demands of raising a child.

“The report also highlights the important point that successful parenting cannot always be achieved by parenting information alone.

“One major step forward in this direction is the Australian Government’s development of the $4 million Parenting Information website, announced by the Prime Minister in April this year.

“We are also continuing to develop the National Agenda for Early Childhood and this report is an important basis for our discussions with states and territories on where we can work together in providing parenting information and support.

“The Australian Government remains committed to supporting all parents in our joint aim to give our children the best possible start in life, to make the most of existing information, to build on experience and continue to share knowledge between parents and care-givers,” Mr Anthony said.

For the full report see: Early Childhood Initiatives – Parenting Information Project